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Bono Knighted, Sort Of

The U2 frontman received honorary knighthood for his accomplishments in music and Third World aid.

Calling him “Sir Bono” would be a no no since he isn’t a Brit, but the 46-year-old Irish singer has been granted honorary knighthood. The honor, bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II on recommendations from the British government and previous non-British recipients, recognizes Bono’s “services to the music industry and…humanitarian work,” a statement from the British Embassy in Ireland says, according to reports. In a statement posted on the band’s website, the activist and Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer is “very flattered to be honored, particularly if the honor…opens doors for his long standing campaigning work against extreme poverty in Africa.”

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Talk: He has 22 Grammys, was named Time’s Person of the Year, and has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. What award is next for Bono?

On the Web:
u2.com

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