Composer, Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Author and Activist to be Awarded at Ceremony Celebrating the Best Songwriters of 2015
London, UK - (September 15, 2016) Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), announced today that world-renowned singer-songwriter Sting will be named the BMI Icon at this year’s BMI London Awards in recognition of his award-winning career and influence on popular music for more than four decades. The event will be returning to London’s Dorchester Hotel on October 10, 2016, and will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe and Asia Brandon Bakshi.
As the BMI Icon, Sting joins an elite group of songwriters who have received BMI’s highest honor for their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Previous honorees include last year’s Icon Graham Gouldman, music legend Sir Tim Rice, Queen, Ray Davies, Van Morrison and Bryan Ferry.
“Sting is an icon in the truest sense of the word. His musical catalog has had an enormous impact on music lovers from around the globe across multiple generations,” said Bakshi. “We are extremely proud and honored to name Sting as our BMI Icon not only for his work as a songwriter but also for his contributions as a composer, actor, author, activist and humanitarian.”
The annual gala will also pay tribute to the U.K. and European songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television from BMI’s repertoire of nearly 12 million musical works. The Million-Air Awards, Song of the Year, and awards for Pop, Dance, Film, Television and Cable Television Music will also be presented throughout the evening. Previous awards recipients include Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, as well as a number of highly-successful songwriters such as Wayne Hector (Nicki Minaj) and Jamie Scott (One Direction).
As one of the UK’s most prominent and inventive musicians, Sting’s music and stagecraft heavily influenced the music industry and popular culture worldwide. With a career spanning 45 years - his record sales, estimated at over 100 million records worldwide, have made him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. As a member of The Police, he helped drive the band’s hugely successful career including writing their Grammy nominated and Ivor Novello award-winning hit “Every Breath You Take” in 1983. The band earned six Grammy Awards and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
Sting has also achieved great solo success, releasing 11 solo albums, earning an additional 10 Grammy Awards, two BRITs, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, a TONY and received a CBE from the Queen in 2003 for his incredible contribution to music. Sting’s longevity stands as a testament to his innovative songwriting skills and showmanship. In recent years Sting has been in demand as a songwriter and has collaborated with artists including Craig David, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Tony Bennett. On November 11th Sting’s first pop/rock album in 13 years titled, 57th & 9th will be released on Polydor Records.
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Celebrating over 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in nearly 12 million musical works created and owned by more than 750,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI's repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Facebook page.