Sting to perform and receive special honour at American Music Awards

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

Dick Clark Productions said that the music artist, who has a career spanning four decades, will receive The American Music Award of Merit on November 20 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

The award was last given in 2008 to Annie Lennox.

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Sting will perform a medley of his hits at the AMAs (Rich Fury/AP/PA Images)

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 November 11.

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