When it comes to music awards, the Brits do it better

MUsic award discounts are a funny deal. On Sunday, the MTV VMAs take place, with rumors of a Johnny Depp cameo (why?) and live performances from acts such as Italian rock band Maneskin and rapper Jack Harlow (both of whom have canceled so controversial their Reading and Leeds slots to attend). Just over a week later, it’s time for the Mercury Prize, which selects an album from a shortlist of 12 UK and Irish releases from the past 12 months.

Around this time last year, British megastar Ed Sheeran caused a bit of a stir when he said he actually hated American music awards shows – immediately after performing new single ‘Shivers’. at the 2021 VMAs.

“The room is filled with resentment and hatred towards everyone, and it’s a pretty uncomfortable atmosphere,” he said. “In England our awards shows are like, everybody gets drunk and nobody really cares who wins or loses. It’s just kind of like a night out. All the artists are lovely people, but they’re surrounded entourages who want them to win too, so it’s an artist surrounded by 10 people and another artist surrounded by 10 people, and everyone is looking at each other from the side… It’s a really horrible atmosphere. I always go away feeling really sad and I don’t like that.