The Grammy and Juno award-winning singer-songwriter has spent the last three decades making music history. He has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide, toured six continents, garnered 21 top 10 hits, earned nominations for three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, received 18 Juno Awards, an American Music Award, and five ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture (his music has appeared on morethan 40 movie soundtracks).
Adams was recently honoured to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, performing a duet with Nelly Furtado. This past spring he was the recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Juno Award’s ceremony and a week later in Ottawa he received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Bryan also contributed the feature song, "You've Been A Friend to Me," in the John Travolta film, Old Dogs.
Adams has been awarded the Order of British Columbia and is a Companion of the Order of Canada; he has received an award for “Artist of the Decade” and has been inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame. He has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and added his handprint to the Wembley Square of Fame in celebration of his 25th show at the famed stadium. This year he was given a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and that ceremony is expected to take place in 2011.
Adams’ live performances have benefited His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales Prince’s Trust, Live Aid, Live 8, The Concert for Freedom for Nelson Mandela, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Net Aid, The Canadian Avalanche Foundation, and Breast Cancer, as well as campaigns that have saved the rainforests, provided food and comfort for the needy and created whale sanctuaries. Through his namesake foundation he has also helped build schools in areas of Southeast Asia, devastated by the tsunami in 2004.
Adams is also an acclaimed photographer, donating fees from his photography to his namesake foundation that funds projects supporting the elderly, victims of wars and natural disasters and other disadvantaged individuals. He also has several photographic books to his name including Made in Canada, Haven (UK) and American Women, the latter done in conjunction with Calvin Klein.
Proceeds were in aid of breast cancer research. Adams was among a select group of photographers invited to photograph Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Royal Jubilee. That photograph was used a year later on a Canadian postage stamp. In 2009, Bryan was amongst a select group of notable Canadians whose face also graced a Canadian stamp.
Adams’ outstanding live concerts have established him as one of the world’s best rock singers of our time, performing over 120 concerts a year as he works to spread his message of music and environmental awareness to an audience of millions around the globe.
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