News

Bono receives France’s highest cultural award

Bono receives France’s highest cultural award

Musician Bono, lead singer of the band U2, reacts after being awarded as Commandeur des Arts et lettres (Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters) by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti during a ceremony at the ministry in Paris July 16, 2013. Photo: Reuters/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) – Irish rock star and anti-poverty activist Bono received France’s highest cultural award on Tuesday for his contribution to music while being praised for using his fame to battle for humanitarian causes.

The frontman of the rock band U2 was presented with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti in a ceremony in Paris.

“Beyond notes and beyond words, you committed yourself and dedicated your fame and career to wage some of the greatest wars of our time. Not for charity’s sake but in the name of justice,” Filippetti said in a statement.

Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, said the award was a huge honour but it belonged to the band.

“I’ve got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other,” he said in a statement.

Previous recipients of the award that dates back to 1957 include David Bowie, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Bob Dylan, Bruce Willis and Shakira.

Bono, 53, has received a list of awards for his music and campaigning since forming U2 about 37 years ago, including being a nominee several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2005 he was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and in 2007 he received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth.

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay beats Rangers, will play for Cup

Fresh
Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson (9) and New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) battle for the puck during the second period of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Tampa, Fla., Friday, May 22, 2015. The Rangers won 5-1.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will play for the Stanley Cup, winning their third straight game at Madison Square Garden 2-0 on Friday night to beat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals in seven games.

in Local Sports

Walker, Smith lead Mariners to 2-1 win over Indians

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker in action against the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Seattle.

Taijuan Walker allowed two hits over eight strong innings, Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 Friday night.

in Local Sports

Squalicum falls to Selah in 2A state semifinals

Selah celebrating after beating Squalicum, 6-3, in a 2A state semifinal at Yakima County Stadium

The Selah Vikings scored four runs in the last three innings to beat the Squalicum Storm, 6-3, in a 2A state baseball semifinal Friday at Yakima County Stadium in Yakima.

in Local

Overnight repair work starts Sunday after overturned dump truck accident

IMG_0062

Overnight closures will repair damage to shoulder and barrier

in Local

Chestnut Bay Bridge closed starting next Monday

chestnut-bay-bridge-pre-con

Construction will take about six months