France’s Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippett, bestowed the country’s greatest cultural honor on Bono this Tuesday, awarding the U2 singer the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters for his significant contributions to music and the arts, as reported by the band’s website.
“Beyond notes and beyond words, you committed yourself and dedicated your fame and career to wage some of the greatest wars of our time,” said Filippett when presenting the iconic frontman with the award. “Not for charity’s sake but in the name of Justice.”
Bono seemed humbled by the decree, which was announced at a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture and Communication in Paris, and lauded his bandmates for their contributions over the years.
“I've got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice,” he explained in his statement, “but the music we make comes from each other. Being an Irish Francophile, a student of many great French artists and writers… it is unspeakably special to receive an award from France for being an artist. Thank you.”
As a recipient of this award, Bono joins the ranks of such legendary artists as Patti Smith, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and T.S. Elliot, reports U2’s website, before reminding us that this is actually Bono’s second “prestigious French decoration.” In 2003, the U2 frontman was awarded the Legion D’Honneur for his music and activism.
In 2007, U2 was knighted by the Queen. Just two years prior, he was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. With all of his humanitarian efforts through the years, we think Bono certainly deserves the recognition.
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