Sting awarded the Kennedy Center honour for influencing American culture
Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to Sting at the recent Kennedy Center Honours with a performance of the former Police frontman’s solo song ‘I Hung My Head’. Click above to watch.
Sting was one of five people to be awarded the Kennedy Center honour for influencing American culture through the arts at the annual ceremony, which took place in Washington DC on December 7 but was only broadcast in the US on Tuesday (December 30).
Upon receiving the award, Sting said, “You know, for an Englishman to receive this reward, it’s not unique, but it’s rare, and I take that pretty seriously”.
Springsteen, who was one of four artists to sing a tribute to the star, also joked, “Sting makes me feel like a musical Neanderthal. When we get together, we always have the same argument. He insists that there are more than three chords, while I insist that there are not.”
Sting was the only non-US recipient of the accolade this year. The other four artists honoured were Al Green, Tom Hanks, comedian Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride. President Obama also addressed the winners at The White House before the show.