Why Ed Sheeran Is Speaking Out Against US Award Shows

Behind the scenes of Ed Sheeran's MTV VMAs performance of his song "Shivers" Sunday, it turns out he was feeling really, really sad (via The Guardian and Yahoo!). That's because according to the English-born singer, American award shows are full of "resentment" and "hatred" (via Page Six and Smooth Radio).

Sheeran, who has won four Grammys and been nominated 14 times, opened up about his feelings toward US award shows like the VMAs while being interviewed on "The Julia Show." The star said that given the vibes artists are giving off toward one another, "It's quite an uncomfortable atmosphere."

Clarifying his comments, Sheeran added, "All the artists are sweet people, but they're, like, surrounded by entourages that want them to win, too, so it's one artist surrounded by 10 people and another artist surrounded by 10 people and everyone is kind of giving each other the side-eye."

Meanwhile, according to the new dad, British award shows are totally different.

Ed Sheeran claims he is not alone in hating US award shows

Noting that the depressing vibe of US award shows are not specific to the VMAs — Sheeran also mentioned the Grammys, American Music Awards, and Billboards by name — the "Thinking Out Loud" crooner told "The Julia Show," "It's just lots of people wanting other people to fail and I don't like that" (via Page Six).

"People get the same feeling as me at those award shows," Sheeran also said. "I've spoken to people and they're like, 'I just felt really depressed afterward.' The atmosphere is just not nice... It's a really, really horrible atmosphere to be in there. I always walk away feeling sad and I don't like it."

Meanwhile, according to the star, English award shows are a good time, mainly since, as he said, "everyone gets drunk and no one really cares who wins or loses, it's just sort of a good night out."