Ed Sheeran received the Starlight Award at the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York, called the honor 'humbling.' (June 16) AP
One of us! One of us!
During the "Shape of You" encore at his sold out Wells Fargo Arena performance Friday night, Ed Sheeran returned to the stage sporting a shirt that read "O-I-O-I-O-Iowa … I'm in love with the shape of you," basically cementing his fate as England's ginger-haired pop music ambassador to Iowa (if he wasn't already).
The tee, crafted by none other than Des Moines' satire T-shirt champions Raygun, also displayed an outline of Iowa with "Ed Moines" marked in the middle of the state. Self-described head of Ed Sheeran's Iowa Twitter fandom, Lainey Crawford, 23, of Ames, worked with Raygun owner Mike Draper to develop the shirt.
She printed 42 copies of the design in total, selling each to Sheerios (the name for Sheeran's fandom) at $20 a piece, donating $3 from each shirt to the Sheeran-endorsed charity East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. With the help of local pop radio station 1075 KISS FM, Crawford was able to personally deliver Sheeran one of the shirts before Friday's show.
It was her fourth time meeting the star, she said. Sheeran and Crawford posed for photos with the shirt during the pre-show meet-and-greet.
"He was like 'how did you come up with it? That’s clever,' " Crawford said. "He was very kind about all of it."
Friday night marked the third (known) time Sheeran has been spotted in Raygun-created gear. Crawford teamed up with Draper, she said, ahead of Sheeran's 2015 show at Wells Fargo Arena to create a shirt that said "Ed Sheeran: The biggest thing in Iowa since Slipknot and cow tipping."
Meeting Sheeran outside his tour bus after the 2015 show, Crawford said she hand-delivered the shirt to Sheeran, which he changed into at that moment. The shirt was influnced by a 2013 tweet Sheeran sent out, saying he was "hanging out in the land of Slipknot and cow tipping" while on Taylor Swift's "Red" tour.
A quick Google search also shows that Raygun posted a photo of Sheeran in the company's staple "Des Moines: French for The Moines" shirt in 2013. Not a bad collection for a guy who grew up roughly 4,000 miles from Iowa's capital city.
His third time performing in Des Moines, Sheeran delivered a 100-minute, 19-track show Friday night to a crowd of 13,450, the second date of his North American "Divide" tour and first in central Iowa since 2015. Relive the show by reading the Register's review of Sheeran's performance.