Sting to Receive the “American Music Award of Merit” and Perform at the 2016 American Music Awards

Sting performs at the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

For the first time since 2008, ABC, dick clark productions, and the American Music Awards will be giving out the “American Music Award of Merit” during the live ceremony.

Composer, singer, actor, author, and activist Sting will receive the award and will join the roster of previous honorees Annie Lennox, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Prince and Frank Sinatra.

In addition to receiving the award, the iconic musician will take to the stage (for the first time) to perform a medley of songs, including the raucous first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” off his new rock/pop album, 57th & 9th, as well as some of his greatest hits. He joins previously announced show opener Bruno Mars.  

On November 11, Sting will release 57th & 9th, his first rock/pop album in over a decade, which features the raucous, guitar-driven first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”. Produced by Martin Kierszenbaum, the album takes its title from the Manhattan street corner that Sting crossed each day as he walked to the studios in Hell’s Kitchen where the recordings were done.

The 2016 American Music Awards airs live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 20th @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC. 

Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Juliet Schroder

Written by Juliet Schroder

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