The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire rewards contributions to the arts and sciences.
Ed received the distinction from Prince Charles.
This comes as the British singer-songwriter, who was announced as the most streamed artist on Spotify just days ago, also topped Apple's list as the most listened-to artist in Australia on iTunes and Apple Music for 2017.
Ed Sheeran is given his MBE by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace
London [U.K.], December 8 (ANI): It's definitely a good year for Ed Sheeran as the two-time Grammy victor has recently been honoured with the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for a glittering musical career and charity work by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
"I guess he'd be pretty proud".
After accepting the award, given to Ed for services to music, he spoke to reporters and said receiving the honour was especially meaningful as it was the anniversary of his grandfather's death.
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At the end, Ed had a brief conversation with Prince Charles and told him that he was travelling to NY tomorrow for another gig.
Ultimately, Ed credits "persistence" with his sustained success.
In a series of posts shared on his Instagram, the "Perfect" singer couldn't hide his excitement as he held his award in one snap and captioned it: "Honoured to be awarded an MBE today at Buckingham Palace x".
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Joking about his meeting with Charles, the musician said the Prince was impressed by his globe-trotting activities as he was due to fly to NY later for a gig.
"My grandfather was a massive royalist", he told the BBC.
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