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U2, Alex Ebert Win Big at Golden Globes

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By Phil Gallo, Billboard, Los Angeles

U2 and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes took home the music awards at the 71st annual Golden Globes Sunday night, while HBO's film on Liberace continued to add trophies to its mantle.

U2's "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" received the Best Original Song trophy, besting recordings from Coldplay, Taylor Swift and others. The band had won once before, in 2003 for "The Hands That Built America," from Martin Scorsese's "Gangs Of New York."

U2 guitarist The Edge said the band started working for Nelson Mandela and the anti-Apartheid movement when they were teenagers in the late 1970s. "It has taken 35 years to write this song," he said.

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Bono predicts that the number of people living on a dollar a day will be non-existent by 2030

By Amanda Driscoll, IrishCentral Intern

During the TED conference of 2005, U2 frontman Bono delivered the disturbing news that 11 million AIDS orphans and 6,500 Africans were dying every day from AIDS due simply to their lack of access to drugs that are available in the pharmacies that we take for granted. At that time, Bono asked people to actively take part in the fight against poverty rather than just donating to charity.

This year, at the Ted conference of global innovators, Bono delivered positive news on the fight against poverty, telling his audience that the number of people living in extreme poverty has steadily declined and that by 2030, no one in the world will be living on less than $1 a day.

By Kelly Puente, Staff Writer

LONG BEACH - Global activist and U2 lead singer Bono took to the TED stage Tuesday with an inspiring message about the fight against poverty.

The rate of those living in extreme poverty - living on less than $1.25 a day - is rapidly declining as the world makes gains in technology, noted the Irish musician, who refers to himself as an activist and "factivist."

The number of those living in poverty has been cut in half in the past two decades, dropping from 43 percent in 1990 to 21 percent in 2010.

"Have you read anything, anywhere in the last week that is as remotely as important as that number? It's great news, and it drives me nuts most people don't know this," he said. "The rate is still too high and there's still work to do, but it's heart-stopping, mind-blowing stuff."

Bono is one of dozens of speakers scheduled this week at the annual TED conference at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. The sold-out invitation-only conference, whose name stands for technology, entertainment, design kicked off Monday and will run through Friday for its fifth and final year in Long Beach. The conference will move to Vancouver, Canada, next year.

(CBS/AP) Bono will present Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International's highest honor when she visits Dublin next month as part of her first international tour in 24 years.

Suu Kyi is scheduled to visit Dublin on June 18, a day after collecting her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel in 1991, and Amnesty's Ambassador of Conscience award in 2009. She was unable to claim either award in person until now because she was under house arrest for 15 of the last 24 years and, even when free, afraid to leave Burma in case the country's military junta barred her return.

Bono devoted a series of U2's 2009 concerts to Suu Kyi, demanding her release from house arrest, and unveiled the Amnesty award at one of the band's Dublin concerts that year. He said the June 18 event would be the first time he's ever met the 66-year-old pro-democracy activist.

The Edge makes announcement via London ceremony

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U2 have confirmed that they will headline Glastonbury festival's Friday night (June 24) this year.

Guitarist The Edge made the announcement in a video speech played at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 ceremony in London tonight (February 23).

The declaration came shortly after Glastonbury had been named Best Festival at the bash.

By Jason Lipshutz, Billboard

U2, Lady Gaga, Metallica and Taylor Swift capped off huge touring years by taking home the major awards at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards, held tonight (Nov. 4) at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.

Rush and Jack Johnson were also honored during the ceremony, which concluded the Billboard Touring Conference held on Nov. 3 and 4 in New York.

In honor of their massive 360 world tour, U2 were presented the Top Tour and Top Draw Awards, which recognize the top grossing and ticket-selling tours based on global box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010. Lady Gaga took home the Breakthrough Award as well as the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award, the latter an acknowledgment of her partnership with Virgin Mobile.

U2 Ask Fan to Fix Broken 'Joshua Tree' Grammy

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by John D. Luerssen, Spinner

It was a beautiful day for trophy maker Stuart Allcock when he got a call recently from his favorite band looking for help. One of the two Grammy Awards that U2 were awarded for 'The Joshua Tree' had been dropped and wound up in three pieces.

Allcock -- a big fan who caught his first U2 show during that album's campaign back in 1987 and runs Alpha Trophies -- told the Daily Telegraph that although working on the iron statue was stressful and "complex," he was stoked that U2's management asked him to fix the prize. The gramophone had to be welded back on and other parts had to be glued together and re-sprayed.

As for the call from the band's camp, at first Allcock, of Taunton in Somerset, UK, thought his friends were pulling a gag. "I thought it might be a joke and said, 'Is this Bono?'" he said, adding. "If it wasn't a U2 Grammy, I wouldn't pay a fiver. But it's priceless."

Jill Marino, U2 Examiner

It was a beautiful day for U2 today, as the band received a nomination for a Golden Globe award.

"Winter", the song U2 contributed to the film "Brothers", was recognized in the Best Original Song category. The band is up against legend Paul McCartney for his work on the film "Everybody's Fine". Music from the movies "Nine", "Avatar", and "Crazy Heart" are also vying for a win.

U2 are no strangers to the Globes, having won for "The Hands That Built America" from "Gangs of New York". Whether U2 will win this year is up in the air, but they might have a better chance at the Grammys instead.

"Variety" has the full list of Golden Globe nominees here. The ceremony will be held on Sunday January 17th, 2010.

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Grammy Award-winning Haitian, singer, songwriter and producer is raking in the honors - the human rights honors.

Jean, along with U2`s Bono, was presented with Ripple of Hope Award at Chelsea Pier in New York City last night by The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

The Haitian ambassador at large was honored for his work to strengthen and inspire change in his native country of Haiti through his Yéle Haiti organization.

`As champions of justice, Bono and Wyclef have brought the national spotlight to human rights violations, empowered local activists, and transformed the lives of millions of people living in poverty from Port-Au-Prince to Darfur,` said Kerry Kennedy, founder of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. `Their efforts evoke the spirit of my father and we are honored to recognize them.`

Berlin Wall: Worst Anniversary Celebration Ever

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By Tim Mohr, AlterNet

Would-be revelers divided by a fake Berlin Wall shuffled along in the rain looking for a way out of a festival of freedom.

It was immediately obvious wandering through Berlin last weekend that the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall were in trouble.

In Alexanderplatz subway station, the main eastern transport hub, wall-sized billboards advertising the Fest der Freiheit -- Festival of Freedom -- were side by side with huge Burger King ads for a new grilled cheese snack. The tag line: "The Cheese Revolution."

Sure, it's easy to celebrate the events of November 9, 1989, in the abstract. After all, what's not to like about casting off the shackles of a dictatorial system in which people couldn't freely express their opinion and were shot for trying to leave, in which tens of thousands of citizens spied in each other, and in which you might be denied a place at university or a job if your parents weren't party members -- But when it comes to putting on an actual celebration, as the city of Berlin learned, it gets trickier.

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