Sheeran lands on TIME's 100 Most Influential People list 2017.
It's no secret that Taylor Swift loves herself some Ed Sheeran. On Thursday (April 20), the industry heavyweight took her adoration for her BFF one step further when TIME's 100 Most Influential People issue published Swift's encouraging essay on her British pop peer.
Applauding Sheeran for having "one of the most impressive self-made careers in music," Swift made it a point to begin her essay by separating her former touring partner from the batch of other pop singer/songwriter out there. "Whether by choice or an unconscious evolution, when he decided on his musical ambitions, Ed became less of a boy and more of a tank. He is protected by an impenetrable and ever-present armor of enthusiasm that has helped him endure any setback, letdown or underestimation," she explained.
Later on, Swift recalls a moment when a discouraged Ed came to her in a moment of despair after losing a chance at a Grammy. Thankfully, the pop titan was there to see him rise up from his slumps and hear the beginning of what would go on to be one of his signature hits.
"A few years ago, in a rare moment of admitting feeling defeated, Ed said to me, 'I'm never going to win a Grammy." Yes, you are, I said. You’re going to sweep the whole thing one of these years. It was a few weeks later when he met me in a dance-shoe store in London, where I was picking out rehearsal outfits, and said, “You have to hear this.” It was a song he’d just finished called “Thinking Out Loud,” which went on to win Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2016.
Elsewhere in TIME's newest feature, you can find honorees like RuPaul, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys and even an essay written by Sheeran about Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek. Click here to see their contributions to the magazine.