Singer, actor and activist Sting, who rose to fame as a member of The Police and will soon release his latest solo effort “57th & 9th,” will receive The American Music Award of Merit during next month’s American Music Awards ceremony in downtown Los Angeles, organizers announced Monday.
In addition to his music career, Sting is also noted for his activism, with he and his wife co-founding the Rainforest Fund in 1989.
Sting turned 65 earlier this month. His birth name was Gordon Matthew Sumner, and he was born in Wallsend in the northeast of England. One website claimed he took on the “Sting” name when someone said a striped sweater he was wearing made him look as if he were a bee.
The award is given to artists “who have made truly exceptional contributions to the music industry,” producers said. The last person to receive the honor was Annie Lennox in 2008. Previous recipients include Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Willie Nelson, Prince and Frank Sinatra.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee won six Grammys as a member of The Police, and 10 more for a solo career that has seen him release 14 albums. He has also received Golden Globe, Emmy and Oscar nominations during a career in which he has appeared in more than a dozen films and written two books.
Sting will perform a medly of his work during the American Music Awards ceremony, which will be held Nov. 20 at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
–City News Service
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