He may be his 'dear friend', but Elton John needs to work on how to pronounced Ed Sheeran's name correctly.
When introducing Sheeran ahead of his award for 'Global Success' at the BRIT Awards last night, John had the most unusual pronunciation of the Irish surname that we've ever heard.
'Sh'ran'? 'Shran'? 'Shi-ran'? Whatever he said, it sounded plain odd. C'mon, Elton - it's two simple syllables. Then again, he has pronounced Cavan as 'Cah-vawn' when talking about The Strypes in the past.
His gaffe didn't go unnoticed, either:
Elton john calling Ed Sheeran ed shiran
— Alex Ashdown (@Alex_Ashdown96) February 21, 2018
— Nick (@nickarkell) February 21, 2018
Sorry did Elton John just say “Ed Shurran” #BRITS
— Alison Millington (@AL_osaurus) February 21, 2018
Can we all talk about the way Elton John pronounces his “close friend” Ed Shé-ran’s name? #brits
— Phil Perry MBE (@MrsPhilPerry) February 21, 2018
— Dave Orme (@DaveOrme) February 21, 2018
Has everyone been saying Ed Sheeran's surname wrong or does Elton John not know his name?
— oh peppermint (@oh_peppermint) February 21, 2018
— Simon Young (@iamsimonyoung) February 21, 2018
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
Elton john calling ed sheeran his friend and then pronouncing his name wrong is honestly the best thing that happened all night #BRITs
— nj stans her good sis rebecca™ï¸? (@cutekuwonu) February 21, 2018