Ed Sheeran was a last-minute addition to the 2017 Grammy Awards‘ list of performers, but his effort Sunday night looked … effortless.
Not in the sense that Ed didn’t put in the effort, but the British singer-songwriter has a way of making it look easy on stage sometimes.
Sheeran, 25, took the Grammy stage, having announced he was doing so just seven hours earlier, for a smooth, stripped-down performance.
His loop-pedal roots are what launched Ed’s popularity, and he showed that Sunday night with a rendition of "Shape of You."
It was a performance profound in its simplicity.
An acoustic guitar, a keyboard and a couple of mics (which worked, unlike with Lady Gaga and Metallica) were all he used last night.
No in-ear monitors were employed, even.
Ed is known for his casual style fashion-wise as well as personally and musically, and was true to that as well at the Grammys.
Sporting a simple black t-shirt and jeans, he crushed the performance … and in the process, he unwittingly crashed a website.
How did he pull that off, you ask?
Sheeran’s pedal board of choice, the Chewie II Monsta Looper, caused fascination among the millions of music fans tuning in to watch.
As such, an influx of web traffic to Equipboard (dot) com caused the online database of music gear to display a 502 error after Ed played.
Without getting too technical, the site got an arse-load of traffic thanks to Sheeran, and its servers became overloaded with the demand.
Even more awesome considering that not even 24 hours prior, he was the musical guest performing on Saturday Night Live in NYC.
Three thousand miles away.
Watch part of Sheeran’s performance below and see how it compared to Adele’s Grammy performance and others from the evening!