Male pop artist of the year: Bruno Mars or Ed Sheeran?
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Male pop artist of the year: Bruno Mars or Ed Sheeran?

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This was clearly the year of the pop crooner with chart-toppers Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran leading the pack. Bruno released his #1 third album "24K Magic" late last year. The LP's success carried over into 2017 with the mega smash "That's What I Like." Ed made his grand return with his huge #1 hit "Shape of You" and his chart topping album "÷." Who's the top male artist of 2017? 🎤

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It's the end of the year! And we're facing-off the best songs, albums, movies, TV shows, video games, sports, pro athletes and entertainers of 2017. The "Best of 2017" is chosen by a combination of popularity, impact, acclaim, rankings and/or amount sold. But ultimately, we want you to let us know who and what from 2017 won the year in each category.

Bruno and Ed crooned their way to the top of the charts in 2017. But who's the male artist of the year?

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Although Bruno has been criticized for appropriating Black culture, many fans would argue he's pretty authentic in his music. And he's running high off of winning Best Male R&B/Pop Artist at the 2017 BET Awards, and an epic performance of the funky pop tune "Perm."

It's no secret that funk and contemporary R&B has inspired the crooner. In fact, he said American music wouldn't exist without Black people. This is so darn true. Bruno's success with "24K Magic" is definitely warranted. Now, Bruno has scored six Grammy nominations

Below are some notable lyrics to the Grammy-nominated hit "That's What I Like," per Genius.

🎤Gold jewelry shining so bright. Strawberry champagne on ice. Lucky for you, that's what I like, that's what I like. Lucky for you, that's what I like, that's what I like.🎤

Watch Bruno dance his behind off in the music video below.


Ed Sheeran had a great year. He followed up to the success of "X" with the chart-topping "÷." And he currently has the longest-running #1 hit of 2017 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Shape of You." Not only that, but "Shape of You" topped many charts worldwide. With two Grammy nominations in the pop categories, Ed might shape out to be the top male artist of 2017.

Below are some significant lyrics to "Shape of You," per Genius.

🎤I'm in love with the shape of you. We push and pull like a magnet do. Although my heart is falling too. I'm in love with your body. And last night you were in my room. And now my bedsheets smell like you. Every day discovering something brand new. I'm in love with your body.🎤

Watch the music video below.

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