8:02am PT by Lars Brandle, Billboard
Read Taylor Swift's Heartfelt Birthday Message to Ed Sheeran
What a week for Ed Sheeran.
The British singer and songwriter won a pair of Grammy Awards, turned 25 and received a sweet birthday message from none other than Taylor Swift.
In a combo Grammy congrats/birthday blessing posted on Instagram, Swift shared her memories of Sheeran enthusiastically playing her a new song on his phone … a track that turned out to be "Thinking Out Loud," winner of Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at Monday's Grammys.
"I don't think he ever knew how inspired I was by his drive and passion to constantly create new art," she wrote. "But it's his 25th birthday today, so I'm saying it now."
Of course, Swift was no slouch at the awards ceremony. The pop superstar opened the telecast with a performance of "Out of the Woods" and won Album of the Year for 1989. She also managed to throw some shade Kanye West's way during her acceptance speech.
Read Swift's letter in full below:
Looking back on the highlights of my life, there's a moment I'll never forget from a day in London about two years ago. I was in town to play the O2 and I was out shopping on my day off. My friend Ed Sheeran met up with me in this little shop where I was buying ballet shoes. He walks in and says "you have to hear this new song. I think it's the best one I've ever written." And then, as usual, he pulls out his phone and gives me headphones. I sat there on a bench in that store and heard 'Thinking Out Loud' for the first time, as little kids were picking out tutus and leotards next to us. Little did we know it would go on to be first dance song at countless weddings all over the world, become Ed's biggest hit, and eventually go on to win him Song of the Year at the 2016 Grammys. Ed and I had been on tour together all year on the Red Tour and we saw each other almost every day. I lived for the moments he would burst into my dressing room with a new song to play me. It happened so often that it became normal, and I don't think he ever knew how much it meant to me that he wanted me to hear his songs first. I don't think he ever knew how inspired I was by his drive and passion to constantly create new art. But it's his 25th birthday today, so I'm saying it now. You deserve everything you have, and everything you will continue to achieve, Ed.
And an extra congratulations to the incredible Amy Wadge on your two Grammys.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.