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Gordon Matthew Sumner
Wallsend, Newcastle, England
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign:
Rock musician; actor
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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).
Giacomo Luke Sumner - Son
Fuschia Sumner - Daughter
Joseph Sumner - Son
Mickey Sumner - Daughter
Angela Sumner - Sister
Trudie Styler - Wife
Eric Matthew Sumner - Father
Anita Sumner - Sister
Jake Sumner - Son
Audrey Sumner - Mother
Coco Sumner - Daughter
Frances Tomelty - Ex-wife
Philip Sumner - Brother
2001 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
2002 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
2003 Grammy: Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals - Winner
1983 Grammy: Best Rock Instrumental Performance - Winner
1993 Grammy: Best Long Form Music Video - Winner
1981 Grammy: Best Rock Instrumental Performance - Winner
1983 Grammy: Song of the Year - Winner
1986 Grammy: Best Long Form Music Video - Winner
1983 Grammy: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner
1999 Grammy: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - Winner
2003 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
1993 Grammy: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - Winner
1983 Grammy: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner
1999 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
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
2000 Grammy: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - Winner
1980 Grammy: Best Rock Instrumental Performance - Winner
1991 Grammy: Best Rock Song - 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
2000 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
2012 CMT Music Awards: CMT Performance of the Year - Nominee
2007 CMT Music Awards: Wide Open Country Video of the Year - Nominee
Northern Counties College of Education, Newcastle, England (1974); attended University of Warwick, Coventry, England
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