Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter and leader of the E Street Band. Nicknamed The Boss, he is recognized for his poetic lyrics, his Jersey Shore roots, his distinctive voice, and lengthy, energetic stage performances.Springsteen has recorded both rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A. find pleasures in the struggles of daily American life. He has sold more than 135 million records worldwide and more than 64 million records in the United States, making him one of the world's best-selling artists. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, a Tony Award and was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999.