The 58th GRAMMY Awards - Backstage And Audience

Taylor Swift has one of the biggest and most loyal group of friends ever (as evidenced by how they came to her defense during the whole Kanye drama 2.0), and part of the reason why her friends all seem to love Tay Tay so much is because she appears to actually be a very good friend. While she featured many members of her girl squad in her Bad Blood聽music video and even took the all-female crew as her 2015 VMA date(s), one of T.Swift鈥檚 besties is actually a fella: Ed Sheeran. The pair toured together during Taylor鈥檚 Red album tour and have been huge supporters of each other both personally and professionally. Today is Ed鈥檚 birthday, and Taylor penned on of the most heartfelt messages for her fellow singer/songwriter BFF on Instagram. Seriously, tearing up.


Though Ed had been nominated for Song of the Year in 2013 for 鈥淭he A Team,鈥 Best New Artist in 2014 and Album of the Year in 2015 (for x), 2016 was the year Ed鈥檚 smash hit of a song 鈥淭hinking Out Loud鈥 finally won him his first two Grammy awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

The songstress posted this image of the 鈥淭hinking Out Loud鈥 singer giving his acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards, along with the caption:

鈥淟ooking back on the highlights of my life, there鈥檚 a moment I鈥檒l 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, 鈥榊ou have to hear this new song. I think it鈥檚 the best one I鈥檝e ever written.鈥 And then, as usual, he pulls out his phone and gives me headphones. I sat there on a bench in that store and heard 鈥楾hinking Out Loud鈥 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鈥檚 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鈥檛 think he ever knew how much it meant to me that he wanted me to hear his songs first. I don鈥檛 think he ever knew how inspired I was by his drive and passion to constantly create new art. But it鈥檚 his 25th birthday today, so I鈥檓 saying it now. You deserve everything you have, and everything you will continue to achieve, Ed.鈥


Taylor was adorably elated for her bestie when his name was announced 鈥 possibly even more excited than she would have felt had her own songBlank Space,鈥 which was nominated for the same category (!!), won. Serious #friendshipgoals.

Happy birthday, Ed Sheeran!

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(Photos via Kevin Mazur/Getty + @taylorswift )