However, Ed didn't get to the top without plenty of hard graft. He'd spent years touring and selling tens of thousands of copies of self-released EPs through via his website, digital downloads and out of his backpack at gigs.
In 2009 he performed over 300 gigs. He said he'd seen an interview with James Morrison who'd said he'd done 200 gigs in a year - and he wanted to beat this record. He toured with Example in 2010 and then went on to work with Wiley, JME, Devlin, Sway and Ghetts on his final independent EP, No.5 Collaborations Project, which he released at the beginning of 2011. His early fan base began to include celebrity fans as diverse as Rio Ferdinand and Elton John.
Off the back of the success of hits The A Team and Lego House, his debut album, +, went 6x Platinum in the UK and was awarded two BRIT Awards, an Ivor Novello and the list goes on.
In 2013, Ed, with an ever-increasing US fan base, joined Taylor Swift on her seven-month RED Tour of North America. The BFFs even wrote and recorded a song together, Everything Has Changed, which peaked at No 7 in the UK singles chart.
Hhaving achieved so much success with his debut album, the pressure was on Ed to deliver with its follow-up, x. Luckily the lead single, Sing, a collab with Pharrell, was a massive hit. Phew!
When x was released in June 2014, it charted at No 1 in twelve countries and reached the Top 5 in eleven other countries. In 2015 Ed also nabbed the BRIT for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year. Not bad for a difficult second album, eh?
Now, with over 40 awards and a duet with Beyonce under his belt, Ed is now well and truly an international superstar, but he's also still a thoroughly nice and down to earth bloke.
He's just like one of us... But with a gigantic talent for making music!