Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actor and photographer. As one of the world's best-selling music artists and the best-selling Canadian rock artist of all time, Adams has been one of the most successful figures of the world of popular music during last three decades and as a singer, he's known for his strong raspy vocals and energetic live performances.
Adams rose to fame in North America with his album Cuts Like a Knife and turned into a global star with his 1984 album Reckless. In 1991, he released his popular Waking Up the Neighbours album which included "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)", one of the best-selling singles of all time. His latest studio album 11 was released in 2008. Over the years, Adams has wrote songs for many acts including Kiss, Roger Daltrey, Celine Dion, Motley Crue, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, Tina Turner, and Joe Cocker.
For his contributions to music, Adams has garnered many awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations, 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992. He has also won MTV, ASCAP, American Music awards, two Ivor Novello Awards for song composition and has been nominated for several Golden Globe Awards and three times for Academy Awards for his songwriting for films.
Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for contributions to popular music and philanthropic work via his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world.
Adams was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2011 and Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998, and in April 2006 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at Canada's Juno Awards. In 2008, Bryan was ranked 38 on the list of All-Time top artists by the Billboard Hot 100 50th Anniversary Charts. On 13 January 2010, he received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his part in numerous charitable concerts and campaigns during his career,and on 1 May 2010 was given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts.
A long-time anti-war activist, Adams will release a photographic book called Wounded - The Legacy of War, to highlight the real human consequenses of war in November 2013. Adams has also recorded songs critical of warfare on past albums