Ed Sheeran on accepting Brit Award from Russell Crowe: ‘I wanted to start quoting ‘Gladiator”

Sheeran won two Brits and performed live at last night's ceremony

Brit Award winner Ed Sheeran has said that he wanted to quote Gladiator when accepting a Brit Award from actor Russell Crowe at last night’s ceremony.

Sheeran won two Brits, including Best British Album presented to him by the Australian actor and star of 2001 film Gladiator. Speaking to the media after the awards were over, Sheeran admitted to being star struck by the actor.

“This is the award I wanted [best album]. I really wanted to start quoting Gladiator. I was up for it last time but so was Adele so I was never going to win that time. I’m glad I won this time.”

Sheeran also singled out Kanye West’s performance of new song ‘All Day’ as being a highlight of the night for him. “I enjoyed Kanye’s performance. There’s a video of Dizzee Rascal and Crazy Titch in a youth club, passing the microphone around and it reminded me of that. I don’t know if he’s trying to go for that energy or not but I liked it.”

ITV has defended its decision to repeatedly mute Kanye West during his Brit Awards performance, stating that it is “standard practice” to protect audiences from inappropriate language.

West ran through a new track called ‘All Day’, which is to appear on his upcoming new album. However, due to a large number of curse words, much of the song was muted in the nearly-live TV coverage, leading to anger and criticism from viewers.

Sheeran was among the big winners on the night with Mark Ronson, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith and Royal Blood also collecting prizes. Closing out the show at the awards ceremony at The O2 in London last night (February 25), Madonna was performing her new single ‘Living For Love’ when she took a fall from the stage down a flight of stairs.

Performers on the night came from Royal Blood, Taylor Swift, George Ezra, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and Take That.