British pop sensation Ed Sheeran has been hailed by US star Pharrell Williams as one of the great singer-songwriters.
Will.i.am, Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons are among stars who have recorded versions of famous protest songs to highlight global poverty.
Ed Sheeran said he was shocked to win the Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically - as he thought Adele would win the gong.
Ed Sheeran's new album X has become the longest-running number one album of the year after four consecutive weeks in the top spot.
The second album from the singer sold more than 367,000 copies in the UK, according to the UK's Official Charts Company.
The Suffolk musician stole the record from Paolo Nutini, whose album Caustic Love spent three weeks at the top of the charts in April.
Pop star Ed Sheeran has performed at two special concerts for British troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
Sheeran, who has scored several top ten hits, also boarded Apache and Chinook helicopters on the trip, which was organised by the British Forces Foundation charity.
Singer Ed Sheeran was the most pirated music act in the UK in the first half of 2012, according to the BBC.
Statistics seen by the BBC from monitoring service Musicmetric showed that UK users have illegally shared over 40 million singles and albums in the first six months of this year.
The data also showed that Sheeran's album + (Plus) was downloaded on average 55,512 times every month. Hip hop act Rizzle Kicks and Rihanna completed the top three most popular pirated acts in the UK.
Manchester was the piracy capital in the UK, with more downloads per person than any other city in the UK, followed by Nottingham and Southampton.
Research by monitoring service Musicmetric shows that people in the UK illegally shared more than 40 million albums and singles on the Internet in the first half of this year.
Ed Sheeran's 2011 album +(Plus) is downloaded an average of 55,512 times each month.
The study also found that Manchester is the piracy capital of the UK.