Yesterday, the American Music Awards honored British rocker Sting's lifetime of contributions to pop music by giving him the Award of Merit. And he was on hand last night to perform a medley that mashed up new material and hits from his days as lead singer and bassist for The Police. In honor of the event, we've put together a gallery of covers and tributes that attest to Sting's musical legacy.
1. Bruce Springsteen, 'I Hung My Head'
The AMA Award of Merit isn't Sting's first accolade for a lifetime of musical achievements. His work was also celebrated at the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. President Barack Obama was in attendance along with Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen and many other stars. The Boss also offered a musical tribute with a rollicking cover of Sting's 1996 hit, I Hung My Head.
2. Bruno Mars, 'So Lonely' and 'Message in a Bottle'
The Hawaiian pop sensation was also on hand during the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. And his soulful covers of two Police hits ended with a standing ovation from the entire crowd - including Sting himself.
3. Puff Daddy, 'I'll Be Missing You'
In 1997, producer and rapper Puff Daddy gave Sting a hip hop facelift with the Grammy Award winning song I'll Be missing You. This homage to the late Notorious B.I.G. sampled heavily from the 1983 Police hit Every Breath You Take. And Sting didn't have a problem with that. In fact, he teamed up with Puffy later that year to perform the tribute live at the MTV Music Awards.
4. 'El Tango de Roxanne'
Sting received a tribute on the big screen in Baz Luhrmann's surreal musical Moulin Rouge! (2001). To capture the main character's jealousy and rage, the production team reimagined the 1978 Police hit Roxanne as a gritty, gut-wrenching tango.
5. The Simpsons, 'Walking on the Moon'
Sting has also received a parodic homage on the small screen. In 2011, The Simpsons kicked off their 23rd season with their take on the 1979 Police hit Walking on the Moon. When Homer shows up late for work at Springfield's nuclear power plant, he provides his own theme music for "sneaking in at noon."
Banner image: UN Day Concert 2014, Singer-songwriter Sting performing during the concert. (United Nations Photo / Flickr.com)