By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 31, 2003 02:43 PM

Sting wants to make nice with Rod Stewart. Or is he really just goading him?

Responding to Grammy-less Stewart’s sour-grapes observation last week when Stewart, 58, told Britain’s Radio Times magazine, “They tend not to give it to the British unless you’re Sting. The sun shines out of his arse — a pure jazz musician, Mr. Serious who helps the Indians,” Sting has now offered to hand over one of his 14 Grammys.

Speaking Sunday at a press conference in Hong Kong, where he was promoting his new album, “Sacred Love” (conceived in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks), Sting said, “I think he deserves one, I really do.”

He then added (though Reuters suggest his tongue was in his cheek): “You know, Rod hasn’t received a Grammy. I’m thinking of sending him one of mine.”

At Sunday’s gathering, Sting also performed three songs, including the title track from his new album, which has been recorded in the new Super Audio CD format — a new multi-channel surround sound technique, the news service reports.