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‘Today Show’ Uses UK Singer Ed Sheeran to Kick Off Fourth WTF? (video!)

Ed Sheeran performs on NBC's 'Today' in New York City to kick off the Fourth of July. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Ed Sheeran performs on NBC’s ‘Today’ in New York City to kick off the Fourth of July. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Ed Sheeran kicked off the Fourth of July holiday on NBC’s “Today Show” this morning (July 4). Only problem is Sheeran is British, and well, the holiday marks U.S. independence from Great Britain. Why not a U.S. singer?

If there is any day of the year to be patriotic, it’s Independence Day.

It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia. Of course, the Declaration marked the official beginning of the American Revolutionary War.

The war lasted seven long years, and cost the United States, not to mention Great Britain, tens of thousands of lives. It ended in 1783, with the surrender of Lord Gen. Cornwallis and the Treaty of Paris.

The United States and Britain clashed once more in the War of 1812, before becoming fast allies. Of course, the British invaded again, musically, that is, with the arrival of The Beatles in 1964.

Sheeran is part of the second British musical invasion that includes such artists as Duffy, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Coldplay and numerous other bands.

Still, despite the long friendship between the two countries and the shared musical interests, it seems as though the “Today Show” would have been more respectful of the observance if they had gone with a U.S. singer.

Not that there’s anything wrong with Ed. He’s a tremendous singer/songwriter who is growing in popularity for his soulful singing.

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