The Ordinary Man Is Honored

Bono and The Edge were among those who honored Christy Moore as he received the lifetime achievement award from the Irish Recorded Music Association Friday evening in Dublin. While Bono paid tribute to the Irish folk singer by sending his wife to the ceremony and a video message, Edge took a more physical role, presenting Moore with the bronze statue.

The ceremony included a charity auction to benefit Crumlin Childrens Hospital and the Chernobyl Childrens Project. A handpainted guitar by The Edge and a lithograph from Peter and the Wolf signed by Bono and his daughters were among the items auctioned for the charities.

Like a King

The accolades and honors are neverending for Bono — and rightly so, we say. In January, Bono will be honored by the King Center at its “Salute to Greatness” awards dinner in Atlanta, Georgia.

In a written statement, Coretta Scott King, the founder of the Center, said, “We are fortunate this year to honor Bono for exemplifying many of the qualities that my husband, Martin, indicated were imperative to moving our society into the beloved community of which he so often spoke. Bono has campaigned tirelessly for Third World debt relief and for a global response to the AIDS emergency in Africa. He has focused mass public attention on the world’s poorest continent and lobbied politicians around the globe to take action. Through his music and humanitarian efforts, he has proven himself to be a socially progressive songwriter, entertainer and activist.”

Alternative Radio Gods?

U2 could be a winner tonight at the 2003 Radio Music Awards, which recognizes the popularity of musicians on American radio. Nominees are chosen based on the amount of radio airplay they receive nationwide. U2 are nominated in the categories of Artist of the Year/Adult Alternative Radio and Song of the Year/Alternative Radio for “Electrical Storm.” The awards show airs live from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. on NBC.

B.B. King and György Ligeti win Polar Music Prize for 2004

The winners of the Polar Music Prize, The Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award commonly described as the music world’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, for 2004 were unveiled today at The Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm.

The Polar Music Prize for 2004 is being awarded to the American composer, singer and performer Riley B. King for his significant contributions to the blues. King

World Soundtrack Awards

U2’s ‘The Hands that Built America’ won ‘Best Original Song written for a Film’ in the World Soundtrack Awards at the International Filmfestival in Ghent, Belgium on Thursday. The award was presented by Hooverphonic’s Alex Callier. None of the band or management were there to accept the award. (info via TvA)

Legends of Music

U2 have been nominated in the category of Legendary Group Award for the Capital Gold Legends Awards, which honors outstanding contributions to the music industry over the past four decades. Also nominated in the same category are ABBA, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, The Four Tops, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and Simply Red.

The awards ceremony will be held in London on September 26. Register to win tickets to the ceremony at the Capital Gold Legends Award web site.