Entertainment Music Ed Sheeran Says U.S. Awards Shows Are 'Filled' with 'Hatred' and Create an 'Uncomfortable Atmosphere' "In England, our award shows are just like, everyone gets drunk and no one really cares who wins or loses, it's just sort of a good night out," Ed Sheeran said to Audacy By Daniela Avila Daniela Avila Instagram Twitter Editorial Assistant, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 15, 2021 05:25 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Ed Sheeran. Photo: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Ed Sheeran is weighing in on American award shows. On Tuesday, Sheeran, 30, revealed his feelings about awards shows days after the VMAs in an interview on Audacy's "The Julia Show," explaining that the atmosphere at them "uncomfortable," compared to British ones. "The room is filled with resentment and hatred toward everyone else and it's quite an uncomfortable atmosphere," the "Shivers" singer said. "All the artists are sweet people, but they're like, surrounded by entourages that want them to win too, so it's one artist surrounded by ten people and another artist surrounded by ten people and everyone is kind of giving each other the side-eye," he added. Ed Sheeran. Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Ed Sheeran Strums His Guitar During 'Shivers' Performance from the Brooklyn Bridge at 2021 MTV VMAs Sheeran did, however, clarify that the atmosphere he was referring to was not specific to the MTV Video Music Awards — which took place on Sunday. "It's nothing to do with MTV or the award show, it's at all the other awards shows [too]; Billboards, GRAMMYs… AMAs," he said. "It's just lots of people wanting other people to fail and I don't like that." He also added that this isn't something he's ever experienced back home. "In England, our award shows are just like, everyone gets drunk and no one really cares who wins or loses, it's just sort of a good night out," the "Bad Habits" singer said. According to Sheeran, he isn't the only one who feels this way. "People get the same feeling as me at those award shows," he said. "I've spoken to people and they're like, 'I just felt really depressed afterward.' The atmosphere is just not nice… It's a really, really horrible atmosphere to be in there. I always walk away feeling sad and I don't like it." RELATED VIDEO: Watch Ed Sheeran Bare His Fangs in New 'Bad Habits' Music Video Sheeran performed his newest single "Shivers" at the VMAs on Sunday. This was his first performance at the award show since 2017 when he performed a medley of his smash hit "Shape of You" with Lil Uzi Vert's "XO Tour Llif3." Before hitting the stage, Sheeran was presented by Rita Ora, who described him as the "best person ever." "Shivers" is Sheeran's third release from his upcoming album titled = (and pronounced Equals), set to release on Oct. 29. Sheeran previously shared on Instagram that he had started working on the record in June 2017 and that it had been "a long, long process" having it come to fruition.