Legal name: Gordon Sumner
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE (born 2 October 1951), better known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The King of Pain" after his hit 1983 song. Sting's lyrics are known for their downbeat yet sophisticated layers and textures. He is best known as the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the pioneering new wave rock band The Police, and for his subsequent solo career.
Sting has varied his musical style, incorporating distinct elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age, and worldbeat into his music. As a solo musician and as a member of The Police, he has received 16 Grammy Awards, (receiving his first for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1980), three Brit Awards, (including Best British Male in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002), a Golden Globe award, an Emmy Award, and several Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Police in 2003. In 2000, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording.
As a member of The Police, Sting became one of the world's best-selling music artists. Including his years as a solo artist and as a member of The Police, Sting has sold over 100 million records worldwide. In 2006, Paste magazine ranked him 62nd on their list of the "100 Best Living Songwriters". He was ranked 63rd on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Rock", and 80th on Q magazine's "100 Greatest Musical Stars of 20th Century". He has also collaborated with many other musicians, including the duet "Rise & Fall" with Craig David, the number one hit "All for Love", with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart, and introduced the North African musical form Raï to Western audiences via his international hit "Desert Rose" with Cheb Mami.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license