Phil Collins
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"Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins", Royal Victorian Order/LVO, is

Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group's drummer and became their lead vocalist in 1975 following the departure of original frontman Peter Gabriel. His solo career, which was launched in 1981 and was heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, brought both himself and Genesis greater List of best-selling music artists/commercial success. Collins's total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million. Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, three American Music Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legends#2002/Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work. He received a star on the List of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame#C/Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, was inducted into the Inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame#C/Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the List of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees#Performers/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010. Collins was listed at number 22 in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time", number 10 in a countdown by Gigwise and number 9 by MusicRadar.

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They're the only ones brave enough to give me these opportunities.

I'm nice until I have a reason not to be. I work hard and people sense that. But I'm different things to different people. To the middle-aged housewife I'm some-one who looks like a "little boy lost"; to the people who know only One More Night and Against All Odds, I'm probably this sweet and sensitive guy. But there are many other songs, many other sides. I don't like that sickly sweet image.

They're rude and not as talented as they think they are. I won't mince words here but they've had a go at me personally.

In the Air Tonight.

I wish it wasn't like this.

You'll Be in My Heart.

I'm happy to sit behind the drums and let Peter (Gabriel) be the singer. If (a reunion) happens, I'll be there. If it doesn't happen ... it would just be because there are too many things in the way.

I'm open for it.