12/08/2012 05:27 pm ET Updated Dec 08, 2012

Ed Sheeran's Grammy Nomination Was A Complete Surprise: 'I Didn't Expect It This Year'

It was a fun-filled week for Ed Sheeran, who not only performed at the Jingle Ball tour in both Philadelphia and New York City, but was named a nominee in the Song of the Year category for the 2013 Grammy Awards.

His song "The A Team" was a smash hit in the U.K. and abroad, but he wasn't sure the tune would earn him a nomination.

"I was already drunk before I found out because I didn’t expect it this year," Sheeran told The Huffington Post at Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden last night (Dec. 7). "I didn’t expect to be nominated because I haven’t really done much in America, as far as kind of commercial success. I’m still kind of building up."

But thankfully, Sheeran found out about the honor while he was hanging with his British buds, who made sure he celebrated the right way.

"I was kidnapped by The Wanted boys," he explained. "They took me on their tour bus. We’re all from England, we’ve all known each other for quite a few years, so we had some drinks and then my phone started blowing up and I spent ten minutes giggling."

Sheeran hopes to become a bigger success in the U.S., and admits he's already got a kick start from his pal, Taylor Swift, with whom he recorded "Everything Has Changed" for Swift's album "Red."

"It was amazing [working with Taylor]," Sheeran told HuffPost. "Taylor is such a talented, humble, nice person and she took a chance with me. I hadn’t really done anything apart from the Snow Patrol tour in America and she basically opened up all these doors."

So, how did their duet come to life?

"We wrote 'Everything Has Changed' on a trampoline," Sheeran laughed. "She was just kind of like ‘Dude, let’s write a song,’ and I was like ‘OK! Like what about?’ And she’s like ‘I’m thinking this…’ and we just pieced it together."

The Grammy Awards air Feb 10 at 8 p.m. on CBS.



2013 Grammy Nominees