Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, MTV VMA's 2014

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Is Ed Sheeran trying to give Nicki Minaj a run for her money?

The Brit pop star is apparently taking dance lessons for his next video and…

"He's learning how to booty clap, among other things," Sheeran's "Sing" video director Emil Nava told me yesterday at the MTV Video Music Awards.


"Nicki can't just outdo us," Nava said. "We have to come harder."

We're kind of hoping Nava was joking—or maybe we're hoping he was serious. We're really not sure.

Ed Sheeran, Sing Video


It's not like Nava and Sheeran don't know how to have fun come video time. Their video for "Sing," which won Best Male Video at the VMAs last night, features an Ed Sheeran puppet doing all sorts of naughty things like boozing with strippers, vomiting and so on.

"If you're going to spend that amount of money on a puppet you've got to make it do some crazy stuff," Sheeran said.

"I feel like the puppet is Ed's bad twin," Nava said.

A scene showing the puppet snorting cocaine off a stripper didn't make the final cut. "I didn't want people to think that was an accurate depiction of me as a person," Sheeran said.

But we may see that NSFW puppetry in the future.

"We have the footage," Nava said. "Maybe in like two years when the video has disappeared a bit and everybody has calmed down we just come back with it."

Tune into E! on Tuesday at 8 p.m. for a special VMA and Emmys edition of Fashion Police!

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