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

1 hour ago in Sports

Heat & Spurs open NBA Playoffs with victories

Fresh
Miami Heat's LeBron James goes up to dunk in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Miami.

Washington & Portland pull off opening game upsets.

1 hour ago in Sports

NHL Playoffs: Action on the ice heats up

Fresh
PLAYOFFS:St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller, left, and teammate David Backes prepare fore Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, April 17, in St. Louis. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS/JEFF ROBERSON

Flyers, Bruins even things up...Habs in command

today in Sports

After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

Boston Police officer John Quinn walks with, Miller, his bomb detection canine, over the finish line while sweeping the area in preparation for the Boston Marathon, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Boston.

More than 100 cameras have been installed along the route in Boston, and 50 or so "observation points" will be set up around the finish line.

yesterday in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: April 21

dolly

A look at the news making Hollywood headlines in years past.

yesterday in Local Sports

Miami scores 2 in the 8th to sweep Seattle

Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond (11) looks on in the dugout before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Washington.

Adeiny Hechavarria hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after an instant replay went in Miami's favor and the Marlins beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep.