Ed Sheeran Reveals the Big Star Who Turned Down His Invite to Collaborate on “Shape of You”

Ed Sheeran asked Jay-Z to record a verse on his massive 2017 hit, “Shape of You” and he turned it down. He said, he didn’t think the  song needed a rap verse. Sheeran told Rolling Stone, “He was probably right. He’s got a very, very good ear. It was a very natural, respectful pass.”

“Shape of You” went on to win a Grammy for best pop solo performance and spent 12 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Music icon (and wife of Jay-Z) Beyoncé later joined Ed on a remix of “Perfect.”