Sting to be honored with AMA Award of Merit

bassist StingSting to be honored with AMA Award of Merit

Singer will perform single from his upcoming album at the show

By David Sands
October 25, 2016

Sting has just received another feather in his cap—and a particularly colorful one at that.

The beloved bassist, singer and composer has been chosen to be honored with the American Music Award of Merit at the 2016 American Music Awards next month.

The event, which is put together by dick clark productions and airs on the ABC network, is the world’s biggest fan-voted award show. His particular award is only given to artists who’ve made “truly exceptional contributions to the music industry.” In the past, the American Music Award of Merit has been given to Annie Lennox, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Prince and Frank Sinatra.

This will be Sting’s debut appearance on the awards show. He’ll be performing a single from his upcoming solo album, 57th & 9th, as well as some of his well-known classic songs. Bruno Mars will open the show.

Sting shared his thoughts about being selected in a post on Facebook: “Honored to be chosen to receive the American Music Awards Award of Merit – and excited to perform “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” at the show LIVE November 20 on ABC!”

Sting, who’s also an actor, author and activist in addition to being a celebrated musician, was born in Newcastle, England. In 1977, he founded the Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. His work with that band earned him six Grammy Awards and two Brits and led to him being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As a solo artist, he’s put out 14 solo albums and received 10 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year.

Sting’s new album, 57th & 9th, comes out Nov. 11. The American Music Awards will be broadcasting live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 pm (ET) on ABC.

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