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Top 10 Facts - Sting
11.05.2015
Fact #1

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE (born 2 October 1951), known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist.

Fact #2

He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to 1983, before launching a solo career. With the Police, Sting became one of the world's best-selling music artists

Fact #3

Solo and with the Police combined, he has sold over 100 million records. In 2006, Paste ranked him 62nd of the 100 best living songwriters.

Fact #4

He was 63rd of VH1's 100 greatest artists of rock, and 80th of Q magazine's 100 greatest musical stars of 20th century.

Fact #5

As a solo musician and a member of the Police, he has received 16 Grammy Awards (his first in the category of best rock instrumental in 1980, for "Regatta de Blanc"), three Brit Awards, including Best British Male in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in

Fact #6

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.

Fact #7

In 2003, Sting received a CBE from Elizabeth ll at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and was made a Kennedy Center Honoree at the White House in 2014.

Fact #8

Both of Sting's parents died from cancer in the 1980s (his mother in 1986 and his father in 1987). He did not attend either funeral, saying the media would be disrespectful to his parents.

Fact #9

In 2011 interview in Time, Sting said: "l'm essentially agnostic. I don't have a problem with God. I have a problem with religion. I've chosen to live my life without the certainties of religious faith. I think they're dangerous. Music is something that gives my life value and spiritual solace."

Fact #10

Sting played Garry Kasparov in an exhibition game in 2000, along with four bandmates: Dominic Miller, lason Rebello, Chris Botti and Russ Irwin. Kasparov beat all five simultaneously within 50 minutes. Sting adheres to a macrobiotic diet.

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