Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about English musician, Sting.
Sting (real name: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner) is an English musician and actor.
Sting was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and also bassist for the new wave rock band the Police between the years 1977 to 1984, and in 1985 decided to launch a solo career. In his music, he includes elements of jazz, rock, classical, reggae, worldbeat and new-age.
Before becoming a famous and successful musician, Sting was a shcool teacher for 3 years. During this time, he used to play in bands nights and weekends.
As for his name (or nickname) sting, rumor has it that he got his stage name from a yellow-and-black-striped sweater that he wore while playing jazz gigs during his early days in Cramlington, England, which made him look like a bumble bee. One band member started calling him "Sting" and it stuck.
As a solo musician and a also member of the Police, Sting has won 17 Grammy Awards. He had also won the Outstanding Contribution reward in 2002, a Golden Globe, and an Emmy. In 2019, Sting received a BMI Award for the Police song “Every Breath You Take” for most played song in radio history. In 2002, Sting received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2003, Sting was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Police.
With his band the Police, Sting became one of the world's best-selling music artists, as a solo artist and with the Police combined, Sting has sold more than 100 million records.
In 2006, Paste ranked him on the 62nd spot of the 100 best living songwriters. He was also ranked 63rd on the lost of VH1's 100 greatest artists of rock, and 80th on Q magazine's 100 greatest musical stars of the 20th century.
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