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On Sunday at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in London, U2 accepted the Global Icon Award from actor Jared Leto. The band was honored for their dedication and achievements in the music industry throughout the band's career.
Leto said in his introduction speech: "U2 changed my life. I discovered their seminal album 'The Joshua Tree' and it became the soundtrack of my youth. U2 isn't just a band, it's a way of life. Their songs are prayers, their concerts a church. They challenge us, they inspire us and they remind us that every moment in our lives is an opportunity to rise above and be part of the possibilities of life, rather than its problems. They teach us it's okay to mix art and politics, and sometimes - even better - to start a revolution and say fuck you. 157 million records sold, 22 Grammys and the highest-grossing concert tour in the history of the world. One love, one blood, one life."
Bassist Adam Clayton dedicated the award to Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who signed the band 40 years ago.
Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. stated: "...MTV, after 35 years, and U2 are still making history. Thanks to Bob and Bruce and thank you."
As official recipients of the Global Icon award at the 2017 MTV EMAs, U2 will be performing tomorrow night in London.
Their special live performance will take place in London's historic Trafalgar Square with an expected crowd of 7,000 people.
According to Bruce Gillmer (Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom), the 22-time Grammy Award-winning band will be honored for their "Contributions to music, pop culture and social issues around the world. For over four decades and counting, they've entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe and we're thrilled to announce that they are this year's Global Icon."
Sadiq Khan, London's Mayor said: "London is one of the live music capitals of the world, with an unrivaled music heritage. It is fantastic to host the EMAs in our city for the first time in 21 years. What better way to showcase this than one of the world's greatest rock bands performing to Londoners from all backgrounds, for free, in the heart of our great city?"
By Associated Press/Billboard.com
In a frank and heartfelt speech, U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates of four decades for their support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse years ago, and then joined them for a rollicking rendition of a few hits.
"We have a pact with each other," said Clayton, 57, who was receiving an award from MusiCares, the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "In our band, no one will be a casualty. We all come home, or none of us come home. No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise, and letting me be in your band."
He ended by quoting lyrics that Bono, U2's frontman, had written when the band was starting out: "If you walk away, walk away, I will follow." At that, his bandmates came out to join him, performing "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," ''Vertigo" and, fittingly, "I Will Follow."
Watch Larry accept the award and talk at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) conference in Anaheim, California:
Also, check out these clips of Larry Mullen playing drums on these classic U2 songs:
by Elizabeth Logan, Glamour
At this year's Glamour Women of the Year Awards, U2 (or, as Amy Poehler called it, "ooh-too") frontman Bono received our first-ever Man of the Year honor, which he recognized is "a bit ridiculous." But he took that ridiculous moment to address some absolutely un-ridiculous topics: the role men have played in creating sexism, the role they must play in its dismantling, and the many women who have inspired him to be a better ally to women and, therefore, a better man. And yes, he read some mean tweets.
In her introduction, Amy Poehler (whom Bono called, "your Poehlerness") compared Bono to the supermoon: a light in the darkness and a man she could point to as a role model for her two young boys. Here is Bono's acceptance speech in full. They're aptly--and, rightfully--addressed to women and men alike, especially to those who, like Bono, enjoy power and privilege. Watch the video and read the complete transcript below.
Check out a couple of video clips we found of Adam and The Edge at the Q Awards in London from Wednesday.
The Edge and Adam Clayton talked about playing out live, other bands and even mentioned a sneaky new way of releasing the new album in an interview after the Q Awards show ended:
Here's one more video clip of The Edge and Adam discussing their history with live music venues and Les Paul guitars:
U2 have picked up two prizes at this year's Q Awards - the most out of any act nominated.
Story by UTV Ireland Staff, Dublin
The Irish rockers were awarded the Best Live gong at The Roundhouse in London on Wednesday, as well as the band's guitarist The Edge picking up the Gibson Les Paul award.
Elsewhere, The 1975 beat the likes of Coldplay, Bastille and the late David Bowie as they took the prize for Best Album.
Bowie was posthumously honoured with the nomination for his final album Blackstar, but the accolade went to The 1975's record I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.
The band, who missed out on the three other awards for which they were nominated, were unable to attend the ceremony due to being on tour, and instead sent a thank-you video message.
Singer-songwriter James Bay took the gong for Best Solo act, fending off competition from the likes of Noel Gallagher and Mercury Prize winner Skepta, and newcomer Jack Garratt walked away with the Breakthrough Act award.
It was a strong night for rock groups Muse and Bastille, as they won the Best Act in the World Today and Best Track awards respectively.
Glamour magazine has been criticised for naming U2 frontman Bono on its annual Women of the Year list.
The magazine said he was the first man to be included on the list because of his campaigning for women's rights.
Bono said he was "sure he didn't deserve it" but the battle for gender equality couldn't be won "unless men lead it along with women".
He is on a list that also includes Gwen Stefani, actress and campaigner Zendaya and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.
Bono said he was "grateful" for the honour and said men were "largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions".
From Left: Sue Lowe, Alicia Lowe, A'Driane Nieves, Jane Maynard, Bono, Diana Lamon,
Mazelle Etessami, and Carrie Cohen
Photo by © Sam Jones
He's one of the most outspoken and effective advocates for women and girls I know.... As an activist, he's using those skills to get the world talking about the fact that ending extreme poverty begins with empowering women and girls." --Melinda Gates, philanthropist and 2013 Woman of the Year
By Christiane Amanpour
When humanitarian and rock icon Bono learned that he was being honored by Glamour as the first-ever Man of the Year, he called his wife of 34 years, Ali Hewson, to give her the news. "I asked did she think I deserved it. She wasn't sure," Bono tells me with a laugh. "She said I've work to do!"
U2's front man has no doubts. "I'm sure I don't deserve it," he says. "But I'm grateful for this award as a chance to say the battle for gender equality can't be won unless men lead it along with women. We're largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions."
I'm on Glamour's side: I think Bono is the perfect choice for this first-time honor because, now 56, he's been trying to do good for as long as he's been making music. I first met Bono, born Paul David Hewson, in Sarajevo over New Year's 1996, shortly after peace accords ended the Bosnian civil war that November. It was the first time in four years that the guns were silent and the people of that beautiful city could celebrate by taking to the concert halls and cafés. I got pulled into a crowded car one night, heading for a party, and there was Bono. Our two-decade humanitarian friendship was launched.