The 'Castle on the Hill' hitmaker's close pal Taylor Swift also won big on the night, as she scooped up the gong for Female Artist of the Year
, whilst Cardi B was crowned the Best New Artist.
Sheeran, 26, thanked his fans after he was Kendrick Lamar handed the artist of the year
award by Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, who admitted he was her favourite.
Sheeran will compete for artist of the year
though, along with Lamar, Mars, Ariana Grande, Lorde and the Weeknd.
Resin lifesize sculpture of an orangutan by Meltham artist David Cooke - later cast in bronze and shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation's Artist of the Year
In most of the categories, the winners are decided by a panel of critics, but the Artist of the Year
category is decided by a public vote.
In accepting the Artist of the Year
award, Taeyang said, "Thank you for such a big award.
Supported by Birmingham City Council, the BBC Music Awards will feature five awards: British Artist of the Year
and International Artist of the Year
as decided by the BBC Music panel, Song of the Year voted for by members of the public and a special award for a BBC Introducing artist.
We're bringing together a hugely exciting selection of artists and media for this, our eighth Wildlife Artist of the Year
- a hugely important event in our fundraising calendar for endangered wildlife," said DSWF CEO, Sally Case.
Balvin was another big winner with three trophies, including Artist of the Year
, at the annual event in the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.
The other winners on the night were The other winners on the night were Catfish and the Bottlemen , who picked up Catfish and the Bottlemen , who picked up the BBC introducing award, and British the BBC introducing award, and British artist of the year
Like We Ain't Ever" and his sold-out headlining arena and stadium tour, Bryan was a shoo-in for his third time as a CMT Artist of the Year
German pianist and harpsichordist Andreas Staier will take the Artist of the Year
award, Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award, while the Young Artist of the Year
prize will go to French viola player Adrien Boisseau.