Sting to be honoured as BMI Icon at this year’s BMI London Awards


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Broadcast Music, Inc, 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 honour for their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Previous honourees 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 honoured 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.

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