Ed Sheeran, Eminem

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We've come to find out that Eminem had a profound impact on Ed Sheeran's life, helping him defeat his stutter as a child and become one of his all-time favorite artists.

Thus, it's no surprise the red-headed singer is able to recite the lyrics to much of the rapper's songs, which he's showcased with an acoustic guitar before.

However, it did take us by surprise to see the seemingly innocent, sweet Sheeran drop his guitar and straight up rap the angry lyrics to Eminem's "Criminal" during a recent interview.

Quand Ed Sheeran rappe sur "Criminal" d'Eminem / When Ed Sheeran raps over Eminem's track "Criminal"

Posted by Clique on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Yes, the "Thinking Out Loud" crooner was able to flawlessly recite every line to the song—though a bit awkwardly as he kicked his foot around and couldn't help from grinning while doing so—during a visit to France's Clique.tv. He even blushed a bit during some of the dirtier lyrics.

Nonetheless, the moment proves just how much of a fan Sheeran is of the controversial rapper.

In fact, while being honored at the American Institute for Stuttering's Free Voices Changing Lives Benefit Gala in June, he revealed the day he became a lifelong fan of Eminem.

"My Uncle Jim told my dad that Eminem was the next Bob Dylan—it's pretty similar, it's all just storytelling—my dad bought me The Marshall Mathers LP when I was 9 years old, not knowing what was on it. I learned every word, back to front, by the time I was 10," Sheeran recalled. "He raps very fast and melodically and percussively, and it helped me get rid of my stutter."

Ed Sheeran

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Meanwhile, we can expect to see more of Sheeran later this week as he has been nominated for several Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

Though we all can pretty much agree he's one of the best singers right now, Sheeran still says he didn't anticipate the nominations this year.

He took to Twitter to write: "I wasn't expecting the Grammy noms, thank you."

The 2016 Grammys will air on CBS on Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. PST.

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