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  • Birth Name: Gordon Matthew Sumner
  • Birth Place: Wallsend, Newcastle, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/02/1951, Libra
  • Profession: Rock musician; actor
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Sting Fast Facts:
  • Worked as an English teacher at St. Paul's Primary School in Newcastle, England, in the mid-1970s.
  • While he was playing bass with the Phoenix Jazzmen, a fellow band member reportedly nicknamed him Sting because of a yellow-and-black striped sweater he often wore.
  • Before forming the Police, played bass in a number of bands, including the Ronnie Pierson Trio, the Newcastle Big Band, the Phoenix Jazzmen and Last Exit.
  • First major film role was in 1982's Brimstone & Treacle.
  • Cofounded the Rainforest Foundation in 1987 with wife-to-be Trudie Styler after visiting the Amazon rain forest.
  • Has received several Brit Awards: for his work with the Police, Best Group (1982) and Outstanding Contribution to British Music (1985); for his solo work, Best Male Solo Artist (1991) and Outstanding Contribution to British Music (2002).
  • 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.
  • Holds honorary degrees from Northumbria University, Newcastle, England (Music, 1992), Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA (1994), and Newcastle University, Newcastle (Music, 2006).
  • Sting Relationships:
  • Anita Sumner - Sister
  • Jake Sumner - Son
  • Audrey Sumner - Mother
  • Fuschia Sumner - Daughter
  • Joseph Sumner - Son
  • Angela Sumner - Sister
  • Trudie Styler - Wife
  • Mickey Sumner - Daughter
  • Eric Matthew Sumner - Father
  • Giacomo Luke Sumner - Son
  • Philip Sumner - Brother
  • Coco Sumner - Daughter
  • Frances Tomelty - Ex-wife
  • Sting Awards:
  • 2001 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2002 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2004 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2007 CMT Music Awards: Wide Open Country Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2001 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1999 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
  • 1987 Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male - Winner
  • 1999 Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Album - Winner
  • 1981 Grammy: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner
  • 2003 Grammy: Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals - Winner
  • 1983 Grammy: Best Rock Instrumental Performance - Winner
  • 2003 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1999 Grammy: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1980 Grammy: Best Rock Instrumental Performance - Winner
  • 1991 Grammy: Best Rock Song - Winner
  • 1986 Grammy: Best Long Form Music Video - Winner
  • 1983 Grammy: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner
  • 1993 Grammy: Best Long Form Music Video - Winner
  • 1981 Grammy: Best Rock Instrumental Performance - Winner
  • 1993 Grammy: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2000 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1983 Grammy: Song of the Year - Winner
  • 2000 Grammy: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1983 Grammy: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner
  • 2012 CMT Music Awards: CMT Performance of the Year - Nominee
  • College:
  • Northern Counties College of Education, Newcastle, England (1974); attended University of Warwick, Coventry, England

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