We'd heard it was a pretty special night when Sting lined up with the likes of Tom Hanks, Al Green, Patricia McBride and Lily Tomlin as a recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors a few weeks ago.
But now we’ve seen clips from the Washington DC ceremony, which was broadcast across America on Tuesday night, we’re happy to upgrade it to pretty amazing.
American president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, sat alongside Wallsend-born Sting and the rest of the 2014 recipients as the evening, which annually celebrates and recognises the lifelong accomplishments and work of performing artists, was played out at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the US capital.
On-stage tributes came for all those being recognised. For Sting, this meant a memorable musical tribute from some of the world’s best-known artists.
Bruno Mars, Bruce Springsteen, jazz artists Herbie Hancock and Esperanza Spalding, as well as Lady Gaga, all took to the stage to perform some classics from Sting’s extensive back catalogue, including Message In A Bottle, Roxanne, I Hung My Head and If I Ever Lose My Faith In You after being introduced by none other than multiple Oscar winner, Meryl Streep. The ceremony took place just before the former Police lead singer Sting successfully took over the leading role in his musical, The Last Ship, on Broadway on December 9, for which he has received rave reviews.
On receiving the Kennedy Center Honor, the 63-year-old, who attended the event with his wife of 22 years, actress and film-maker, Trudi Styler, said: “I don’t think of myself as an icon, I think of myself as a very fortunate human being who has a job that he would do for nothing. You know, singing, entertaining people is what I would do anyway. The fact is, I get paid extravagant amounts of money for doing it, but I would do it for nothing — just for applause.”