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.”
Sting has opened the doors of his Italian home to People magazine cameras after transforming the 16th century Tuscany ruin into a dream retreat.
The rocker and his wife Trudie Styler purchased the property in 1997 after a seven-year search for the perfect summer home near Pisa, but it was in a terrible state.
Il Palagio, which is located just outside Florence, had fallen into disrepair, but Sting was taken with the breathtaking views and decided the estate was worth investing in.
“It overlooks some of the most luscious Chiantishire hills,” he tells the publication.
“The vineyards were in a big old mess,” actress/producer Trudie adds. “The soil was parched, the land was very dry, but through it all we saw that it wanted to come back to life. It was desperate to be loved. We saw that it had a huge potential.”
The couple invested time, effort and money in Il Palagio and now the estate boasts six guest houses, five lakes, a forest and even an outdoor cinema.
For the last two years, Sting has been on the road with Paul Simon in a show that mixed the music of the two artists over the course of an evening.This year, Sting has a new touring partner in Peter Gabriel…