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Ed Sheeran beats out Sam Smith & Pharrell to capture his first VMA

 Singer Ed Sheeran (R), winner of Best Male Video for 'Sing,' and director Emil Nava pose in the press room during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California
Singer Ed Sheeran (R), winner of Best Male Video for 'Sing,' and director Emil Nava pose in the press room during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, CaliforniaPhoto by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

U.K. singer Ed Sheeran has been burning up the charts with his hit single “Sing.” On Sunday night, Sheeran won Best Male Video of the Year for the song at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. In one of the toughest races of the night, Sheeran beat out Sam Smith, Eminem, John Legend and his “Sing” producer, Pharrell Williams.

Although it wasn’t his first time being nominated, it was Sheeran’s first win at the VMAs. He was nominated a year ago for his hit song “Lego House” off his debut album. With the success of his sophomore album X, Sheeran is sure to expect some more awards, which is why the “Don’t” singer kept it short and simple in accepting the award, thanking his fans by saying,“Thank you very much for anyone who voted for this!.”

The video for “Sing” went up against Eminem and Rihanna's “Monster”, John Legend for “All of Me”, Pharrell Williams for “Happy”, and Sam Smith's “Say With Me.” The victory was definitely no upset, but Sheeran beat out some of this year’s most successful artists.

However, the victory didn’t come without a little controversy. While heading to the stage to accept his award, the 23-year-old singer stood up and high-fived a few people around Miley Cyrus. When he walked past her, she looked at him and appeared to call him an “a**hole!” It could have something to do with Sheeran’s prior diss of Cyrus. Back in 2013, Sheeran said in an interview that Cyrus' twerking during last year’s VMAs was “a stripper move.” A feud may indeed be brewing between the two stars.