Ed Sheeran Kicks Off Jingle Ball With 'Perfect' Hits-Filled Set


Ed Sheeran kicked off our 2017 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball presented by Capital One with a hits-packed set at The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday (December 1), proving just why he is one of pop's favorite singer/songwriter on the scene. 

Rocking a Hoax Skateboard shirt (which he invested in earlier this year) and with his guitar in-tow, Sheeran needed absolutely no introductions as the opening performer of the evening. During the star-studded show, which was hosted by KIIS-FM, the 26-year-old kicked off the acoustic set with his nostalgic "Castle on the Hill." From there on, it was hit after hit with "Thinking Out Loud" and "Perfect," which he just re-released with Beyoncé. For the finale of his 20-minute set, he appropriately chose "Shape of You" and the sing-a-long chants from the sold-out audience proved that the lack of Grammy love (in major categories) doesn't necessarily impact the fact that this was one of 2017's biggest earworms. 

Besides his performance, Sheeran was also spotted in our backstage hallways and seen with James Corden and Ryan Seacrest. For his encounter with the former, the star was presented with an all-too-appropriate gift: a ginger gingerbread man. Yup, you read that correctly, folks!

If you missed out on all the action, consider this your holiday gift. You'll be able to relive the night on The CW during a special 90-minute broadcast on December 14th and 25th at 8 p.m. ET/PT -- so put on your Santa hats, grab some gingerbread cookies, and tune in!

Photo: Brian Friedman for iHeartRadio

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