Sting to Be Honored at Global Citizen Prize Award Ceremony

Jorja Smith will also join the star-studded performance lineup.

Global Citizen announced on Tuesday (Dec. 10) that Sting will receive the inaugural Global Citizen artist of the year prize at this year’s ceremony.

Global Citizen Prize award ceremony celebrates the world’s most inspiring activists who are working to end extreme poverty in five categories: artist, business leader, world leader, Cisco Youth Leadership Award and Global Citizen of the Year. Richard Curtis, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed, and Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani will also be honored at the event.

“We congratulate this year’s Global Citizen Prize winners for their leadership, advocacy, and commitment to helping end extreme poverty and drive social change,” Fran Katsoudas, EVP and chief people officer of Cisco, said in a press statement. Their passion and drive paves the way for an inclusive future. We look forward to recognizing the Cisco Youth Leadership Award alongside these inspiring activists.” 

“We are honored to celebrate and recognize these incredible individuals who place the world’s poor at the forefront of their work,” Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans mirrored. “Their efforts are a testament to how the worlds of policy, business, the arts and entertainment can make a positive impact towards ending extreme poverty, tackling climate change, and fighting inequality.”

Additionally, Jorja Smith will join the performance lineup that includes previously announced acts Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Raphael Saadiq, Sting, and Stormzy. Chris Martin, and H.E.R. will also perform as special guests.

The event, hosted by Legend, takes place on Dec. 13 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, but the televised special will air Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC. MSNBC will then air the special on Dec. 22 at 10 p.m. EST and re-air to ring in the new year on Dec. 31 at  11 p.m. EST.

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