Sting to perform, receive honors at the American Music Awards

NEW YORK -- Sting will hit the stage at the American Music Awards next month, and the icon will receive a special honor for his successful career.

Dick Clark Productions said Monday that Sting will receive The American Music Award of Merit on Nov. 20 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The award was last given in 2008, to Annie Lennox. 

Other recipients include Michael Jackson, Prince, Johnny Cash, Whitney Houston and Paul McCartney.

The 65-year-old former Police lead singer will perform a medley of his hits, including his latest single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You.” Sting will release a new album, “57th & 9th,” on Nov. 11.

Bruno Mars will open the AMAs, which will air live on ABC. Drake is the leading nominee at the fan-voted show.