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."