Ed Sheeran has charmed the pants off pop fans and critics around the world with his tender, swoon-worthy singer-songwriter ways. Which makes his latest live performance all the more fascinating.
For a stop inside BBC's BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, Ole Sheerio gave an acoustic rework of Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty"—a raunchy, pop-rap anthem that initially divided the public on its release nearly 13 years ago before becoming one of the diva's signature singles. Over peppy piano, acoustic guitar and minimal percussion, Ed brings his signature raspy yelps and croons to create a performance that feels intimate, but feel-good enough to get everyone dancing.
Ed even tries out Redman's rap (and more or less nails it) and an Aguilerian belt (which came out a little weak, sorry) to deliver one of the most memorable Live Lounge covers in recent memory.
It's not the first time Ed has shown major love for Xtina either. The "Thinking Out Loud" singer was an advisor for the diva on Season 5 of The Voice and gushed about his favorite Xtina songs and albums during a joint interview. Christina even said she could "foresee a collaboration in the works, hopefully."
And maybe this cover just sealed the deal. "Get dirrty" with Ed above.