Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner was born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England, on 2 October 1951. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to 1984, before launching a solo career. With The Police, Sting became one of the world’s best-selling music artists. 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. He was 63rd of VH1’s 100 greatest artists of rock, and 80th of Q magazine’s 100 greatest musical stars of 20th century.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2003 Sting was appointed a Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire For services to the Music Industry. In 2007, the French Government appointed Sting (along with Police bandmates Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland) a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Sting was honored by the Upright Citizens Brigade team, Fambly, in the form of a 30-minute sketch comedy show devoted to the 1999 song “Brand New Day”. He was formally invited to the encore performance of the show, held at the theatre on November 7, 2011, via the Twitter hashtag #StingUCB.
Sting has received a number of Grammy nominations during his solo career. Including the Grammy Awards won by The Police, Sting has received 16 awards.