It sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi flick, but it isn't. It is indeed a legitimate award, and Sheeran has never looked quite so happy.
No, seriously. He looks, really, really happy to have received this award:
According to Clarence House, Sheeran’s MBE is for his services to music and charity. In a tweet, Clarence House shared that the event was particularly special for the singer. “… My grandfather … he died on this day for years ago, so it’s actually quite a nice full circle thing, I guess he’d be pretty proud.”
This article originally appeared on InStyle.