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Sting

Born 2 October 1951.
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Sting in conversation with Graham Norton

The music legend dropped by to chat about his career and latest album, The Last Ship.

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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.

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