Bryan Guy Adams, OC OBC (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer songwriter, musician, producer, actor, social activist, and photographer.
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.
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 five times for 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, Canadian Broadcast Hall 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 38th on the list of All-Time top artists in 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.
Adams was born in Kingston, Ontario, to British parents, Elizabeth Jane (née Watson) and Capt. Conrad J. Adams, who immigrated to Canada from England in the 1950s. Adams’s father, a Sandhurst officer in the British Army, joined the Canadian Army and later spent time as a United Nations peacekeeping observer for Canada, which led to him becoming a Canadian foreign service diplomat. Adams traveled with his parents to diplomatic postings in Portugal and Vienna, Austria, during the 1960s, and to Israel during the early 1970s. Adams has a brother, Bruce.
Adams and Alicia Grimaldi, who is also a trustee and co-founder of his namesake foundation, had their first daughter, Mirabella Bunny Grimaldi Adams on 22 April 2011. They announced the birth of their second daughter Lula Rosylea Grimaldi Adams, via People Magazine on 15 February 2013.
Adams has been vegetarian since the age of 29, originally for health reasons, but is also an advocate for animal rights.
Adams has homes in Chelsea, London, and Paris. He is a supporter of Chelsea F.C.