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Smithsonian honors Sting for musical and philanthropic contributions to American culture

Smithsonian honors Sting for musical and philanthropic contributions to American culture

Sting was honored Friday by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History for his musical and his philanthropic contributions to American culture.

The English singer, songwriter and former frontman for the Police donated the 1978 Fender Stratocaster on which he wrote several of the Police’s hits and played his first-ever solo performance for a 1981 Amnesty International benefit.

“I’ve decided to give them my Fender Strat from the ‘80s, the one I used on the 'Secret Policeman's Other Ball,'” Sting said in a statement. “There are a number of reasons why I think this is the right choice. … I wrote a lot of my hits on that guitar ('Message in a Bottle' for...

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