Sheeran, who lost out on several big awards on the night, was honoured with the Global Success award – with John sending a video message to introduce his “dear friend”.
Speaking from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, where he currently has a residency, Elton’s video message saw him pronounce Sheeran’s name as “Shi-ran”. See in the clip beneath.
— Ryan Love (@RyanJL) February 21, 2018
The mispronunciation was soon picked up on by social media users. One fan wrote: “Has everyone been saying Ed Sheeran’s surname wrong or does Elton John not know his name?”
Another added: “Elton John calling Ed Sheeran his friend and then pronouncing his name wrong is honestly the best thing that happened all night”.
“If Elton is calling him it, we’re all calling him it,” one tweet read.
Elton john calling ed sheeran his friend and then pronouncing his name wrong is honestly the best thing that happened all night #BRITs
— ?? (@ruebrina) February 21, 2018
If Elton is calling him it, we’re all calling him it. Ed Sheeran is now officially called “Ed Shuran” #BRITs
— Emma Casson (@EmmaCasson_) February 21, 2018
It has also been pointed out that Elton has been pronouncing Sheeran’s name wrong for quite a long time:
LOL at the way Elton John just pronounced Ed Sheeran, bless
— Lucy (@Luccceee) June 4, 2012
— Jonathan San (@sanjonathan) July 14, 2015
I LIVE for the fact Elton John mispronounces Ed Sheeran EVERY time with no intention of correcting it. I wish I could give that few fucks #BRITs
— Emma (@Kolakube_5) February 21, 2018
Stormzy won British Male Solo Artist and Best British Album, as well as delivering a triumphant closing performance.
Dua Lipa, meanwhile, took home Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. Presented her first award by Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown and Kylie Minogue, Lipa said during her acceptance speech: “I want to thank every single female that has been on this stage before me and has given girls like me a place to be inspired by and [someone to] look up to and allow us to dream. Here’s to more women on these stages, winning these awards and taking over the world.”
Little Mix presented the British Male Solo Artist award to Stormzy, who said: “Thank God, that’s the reason why I’m here to do what I do”.
Foo Fighters picked up Best International Group, their fifth BRIT Award to date. Dave Grohl paid tribute to the UK in his acceptance speech.
Rag’n’Bone Man won Best British Single for ‘Human’. He thanked “everyone back in Brighton” and “everyone who has had my back over the years”.
International Male Solo Artist went to Kendrick Lamar, beating Drake and Beck.
Dua Lipa picked up her second award of the night in the form of British Breakthrough Act. She brought her younger brother and sister onto the stage with her and told fans to “believe in magic”.
Harry Styles took home British Artist Video of The Year for his ‘Sign Of The Times’ clip.
Stormzy won the biggest accolade of the night, picking up British Album Of The Year for ‘Gang Signs And Prayer’. During his acceptance speech, he said he put “everything” into the record, adding: “I didn’t have anything after.”