Beautiful People || Ed Sheeran ft. Khalid: A Review

Beautiful People || Ed Sheeran ft. Khalid: A Review

Beautiful People || Ed Sheeran ft. Khalid: A Review.

Okay! Let me start by saying this: If Ed Sheeran isn’t one of your favourite musicians already, you may need to add him to your list. I’m just going to put it out there and let you decide.

Ed Sheeran is one of the most talented artists I know. He isn’t just after melody but is also keen on making songs that have meaning– messages that one can relate to– that positive vibe. If you’ve heard his songs, you’d know what I’m talking about.

In this song, Beautiful People, he collaborates with 21-year-old RnB singer Khalid. The song appeared on Sheeran’s forthcoming No.6 Collaborations Project, which was released on July 12th.

The track addresses the importance of staying true to one’s self. In a world where social media projects fame and materialism as the source of happiness, this song proves otherwise. Beautiful people aren’t really beautiful– they are most times surrounded by ugly situations but they mask their sorrows by flaunting their wealth thus, creating a lifestyle that seems enviable. The lifestyle is what the world sees and envies but behind the scene, it’s a completely different story.

The chorus sums it all up:

Beautiful people
Drop top, designer clothes
Front row at fashion shows
‘What d’you do?’ and ‘Who d’you know?’
Inside the world of beautiful people
Champagne and rolled-up notes
Prenups and broken homes
Surrounded, but still alone
Let’s leave the party.”

Ed Sheeran and Khalid say they aren’t part of this– they aren’t “beautiful people“. They are true to themselves and would rather excuse themselves from uncomfortable discussions that will make them feel less than they are, obviously because they don’t fit in — as part of the song says:

“We don’t fit in well
‘Cause we are just ourselves
I could use some help
Gettin’ out of this conversation, yeah”

Apart from the lyrics and melody, the video, directed by Andy McLeod, portrays the message in a very unique and creative way. It shows how an average looking couple gets involved in the world of “beautiful people” (glamour and flamboyance) but are disinterested in it all. Instead, they focus on each other– in the end, they go back to living their simple lives because it’s who they are and they aren’t ashamed.

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I strongly believe that the message is something that should be heard over and over again because low self-esteem is a global problem. Many people are envious and insecure as a result of what they perceive to be achievements without having the slightest clue about what goes on when the people they envy are alone.

I rate this song 5/5 simply because it is lovely, catchy and not only is the message powerful, it is also timely. At the end of the day, one thing is important– be authentic, be true to you. There’s no point putting up a mask, living a facade– just be you. Also, don’t waste your energy envying someone else, you have no idea what they are passing through. In most cases, you’re even better off than them.

I really loved it and I hope you do too. Let me know what you think at the comment section below.

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Viano Dee

Non-niche blogger. Poet. Songwriter. A hardcore romantic. Her write-ups could take any form: poetry, articles, and even songs in ways that'll inspire you, resonate with you, or tell a story while keeping you both informed and entertained.

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Travel with Karla

This is one of the best music videos I’ve seen. I love the meaning of the song, I can play it over and over!


@Karla, right? It’s been on repeat!

blair villanueva

Although I’m not familiar with this song (I’m still in my cave), but the lyrics are important, meaning, and with lots of sense. Definitely will check this on YouTube.


@Blair, yeah. It does have a lot of meaning. You should check it out when you’re free.

Sauumye Chauhan

I have not heard this song yet !!! But now I really want !! I love the meaning of the song and I think it is important to have such songs in the world today !! 

sophia inza

Ed Sheeran is a favorite of mine! Beautiful songs! I hope to catch him in concert someday!

Liz Bayardelle

Ed Sheeran is definitely musically very talented! I usually listen to country music, but his storytelling ability alone would have sold me on him.

Siren Song Media

Ed Sheeran has the best lyrics.  They always relate to some aspect of life that we can all relate to!

Sharman Maidkar

whoa! Such an Amazing post! I haven’t thought about this song in the way you explained it.


I love Ed Sheeran and loved this song too. Adding this on my playlist. Such an inspiring song.

Eric Gamble

not going to lie, Ed Sheeran is kind of a goofy looking red headed kid but he can create some music and that along with Khalid definitely makes them “beautiful people” in my eyes. I just heard this song the other day on Pandora and was kind of confused cause I really liked it. HOpe they collab again cause so far so good in my ears!

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