The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced today that U2 are among the artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 2005 induction ceremony will take place in New York City on March 14.
U2 are nominated for three Grammy awards this year, all for “Vertigo” (naturally) — Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group (with Vocal); Best Rock Song (songwriter’s award); and Best Short Form Music Video. The band opted to straddle the eligibility period again, so How To Dismantle… and its other tracks will not come up for consideration until next year’s awards.
U2log.com finds itself in a crisis of faith in this year’s awards, as our staff also strongly endorses several of the bands up against U2 for Best Rock Performance by a Group (namely The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, and Green Day). A long dark night of the soul approaches. (Hey, Bono asked for competition, and he’s clearly getting it…)
U2 received the “Q Icon” lifetime-achievement award (not to be confused with the “Q Inspiration” award, given to the Pet Shop Boys, or the “Q Merit” award, given to Shane McGowan, or the “Q Innovation In Sound” award, given to the Human League — by God, that’s a lot of old farts to celebrate) at the Q Music Awards in London today. They were pipped for the “Best Act In The World Today” gong by the Red Hot Chili Peppers — which is fair, we guess, since the Chili Peppers have gotten up off their duffs at some point in the past year and our boys, err, haven’t. (Or hadn’t until fairly recently, anyway).
Here are some lovely pictures of the stars arriving at the ceremony — sift around, there’s some good ones of U2 in there (the whole band attended the ceremony), including Bono with Nancy Sinatra.
Radio Universidad de Chile reports Bono has been honoured with the Pablo Neruda Medal of Honour by the Chilean government in recognition of his contribution to music and humanitarian causes. This distinction has been awarded to 100 people around the world to mark the centenary of the birth of Pablo Neruda, Chile’s most famous poet.
Bono was presented with the medal by the Chilean Ambassador in Ireland, Alberto Yoacham, at a ceremony in the ambassador
It’s a fine line between consumate frontman and wanker of the year according to webzine Something Awful . They’ve published their list of ‘Worst Rockstars Ever’, in which Bono finds himself in very good company: Johnny Rotten, Morrissey and Axl Rose. Bono is runner up, but it is little known ‘glam rock mystery man’ Jobriath who grabs first prize.
The National Civil Rights Museum has chosen Bono as the recipient of its 2004 Freedom Award (pdf). The museum, which is located on the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder in Memphis, Tennessee, acknowledges those who have worked to advance civil rights. Bono will receive the award at a ceremony in Memphis on October 18.
Bono made it onto Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world today. Bono is mentioned in the ‘Heroes and Icons’ category rather than ‘Artists and Entertainers’. Which probably means it’s high time for some music.
Bono shares the honour in this category with other luminaries such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson and David Beckham.
Time describes Bono as follows: “Bono is a hero … not because he’s a rock star, but because he is a rock star who is willing to spend time on things that are tedious and boring – like long sessions with Senators and administration officials and meetings with the World Bank.”
Come on folks, let’s get voting for some of those lesser known, more underrated songs. Gems like Room at the Heartbreak Hotel or Walk to the Water.
Bono will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Pennsylvania, the university announced yesterday. University President Judith Rodin said that Bono was chosen to receive the honorary degree because of “his tireless efforts and use of his celebrity to remind us of our moral duties as citizens of the globe.”
Bono will address the graduating class at commencement on May 17, at which time he will be awarded the degree. This will be the second honorary degree that Bono has been awarded.
Paul McGuinness received the Strat Award at the Music Week Awards last week in London. The award, which is named in memory of Tony Stratton-Smith (the founder of Charisma Records), is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the UK music industry.
Among those who provided tributes to McGuinness at the ceremony were Steve Lillywhite, who shared a story about coming to Dublin in 1979 “to see this great new band called U2”; PJ Harvey; Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris; and, of course, U2, who sent a video message featuring the entire band (yes, Adam lives).