Ed Sheeran has previously opened up about his love for Eminem, and the two musicians have been acquainted for several years at this point. In an appearance on the Howard Stern Show, the guitarist explained that his stammer disappeared thanks to reciting and practising the 2000 Eminem album, The Marshall Mathers LP.
Ever since, the pair have had a relationship, with the Detroit emcee asking him personally to perform ‘Stan’ alongside him at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The performance was at short notice, but Sheeran admitted, “I got a plane straight after my music video, flew there for the song, and then that night flew back. It was really worth it.”
However, at the guitarist’s recent show in Detroit, Mathers hit the stage as a surprise guest in front of his home crowd, and the two were as dynamic as ever. The hip-hop icon surprised the British singer-songwriter, who welcomed him with open arms.
At Sheeran’s most recent show in Ford Field, Detroit, the two performed a duet of Mathers’ 2002 smash-hit ‘Lose Yourself’ as well as ‘Stan.’ Speaking on their friendship, Sheeran told Stern in 2015, “I think it’s different with Eminem because he is quite reclusive, doesn’t see or meet that many people. I’ve known him now for six years, and we’ve done three songs together.
He continued, “I’ve played with him twice on stage. He’s another person I really relate to, as he lives in his hometown still and has his ecosystem around him.” Mathers still lives in Detroit to this day, and upon hearing Sheeran was in town made it his mission to support his friend.
You can watch their performance below.