Monday, February 27, 2006

Bono's Bid For Sainthood

Is it possible for Bono to stay out of the news? Once again, the highly-recognizable frontman of U2 has made Lonely Note headlines by receiving Chile’s highest award for the arts.

In a ceremony on Sunday, Chile President Ricardo Lagos honored the singer with the Neruda Award and a charango, a traditional Andean instrument.

President Lagos comments:

"When we were talking before, Bono told me that one must study throughout one's life," Lagos said. "So for his next concert here, I hope he's learned how to play the charango."

Bono is obviously a popular figure in Chile, because he also received Amnesty International’s 2005 "Ambassador of Conscience" award. This award was also bestowed upon the other members of U2 during a ceremony before the band’s concert in Santiago.

Chile’s President-elect Michelle Bachelet statement to U2:

"You are a reminder to all of us that the world is not changed only by politicians and governments. The world is changed by all of us."

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