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Ed Sheeran To Receive Hal David Starlight Award

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Ed Sheeran has been announced as the recipient of the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Hal David Starlight Award for 2017.

The award, created in 2004, was named in honor of SHOF Chairman Emeritus Hal David, for his longtime support of young songwriters and is intended to honor songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs. Past recipients include Nick Jonas, Nate Ruess, Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Drake, Benny Blanco, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Rob Thomas and John Rzeznik.

Sheeran will be presented with the award at the 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 15th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Commenting on the award to Sheeran, SHOF Co-Chairs Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff said, "Ed Sheeran has accomplished so much in pop music that it is hard to believe he is only 26. He is not an overnight sensation, however, having immersed himself in songwriting, recording and performing since his early teens. His natural talent as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer has brought him well-deserved success." SHOF President & CEO, Linda Moran added, "Ed is undoubtedly one of today's most prolific and effective songwriters and is a most worthy and an ideal Hal David Starlight Award honoree." – Staff Writers