Last year, global pop star Ed Sheeran released his new album =, which became his fifth straight No. 1 album. The song “2Step” was a highlight, and he invited Lil Baby onto a remix of the track. It came with a music video, which Sheeran revealed was shot in Ukraine through a message at that video’s start. He noted that the visual was done before Russia invaded Ukraine, but moved by a stay in which he “felt so welcomed,” Sheeran revealed that he would donate “record royalties from YouTube streams of the video to DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.”
The song was a natural pick for his performance at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Instead of showing up actually at the ceremony, he filmed himself playing the song at a packed show of his in Belfast, Ireland. He’s energetic and charismatic, and the crowd is happy to see him as he runs around a circular, revolving stage.
Sheeran has been making a lot of headlines this year, from unexpectedly collaborating with former metalhead heroes Bring Me The Horizon to divulging his plans to build a crypt on his Suffolk estate, which has a pub, a gym, a nearly completed chapel, and a wildlife pond.
Watch his performance of “2Step” above.
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