Singer’s awards for
activism officially surpass U2’s Grammy tally.
By Fred Mills
Friday in France Bono was awarded a “Man Of Peace” prize by Paris mayor Bertrand
Delanoe as part of the annual Peace Summit Awards, according to news reports.
On hand for the three day event and awards ceremony were five Nobel Peace Prize
winners, including F.W. de Klerk of South Africa, Lech Walesa of Poland and
Northern Ireland’s John Hume.
It was to recognize the U2 frontman’s work as long-time
activist in the global anti-poverty arena, including his recent successes in
persuading world leaders to take on African debt.
Noted Bono, “This is a very big award for me, because let’s be honest
this is as close as I am going to get — as close as a rock star is ever going to
get to the Nobel Peace Prize.”
“I am an over-awarded, over-rewarded rock star. You are the people who
do the real work,” he added, referring to the Nobel laureates.
According to co-host Walter Veltroni, of Italy, “We decided to nominate
a man who has given a lot and will continue to give a great deal to the
struggle for human rights, to the fight against poverty, with his music and with
his words. He has put pressure on the world’s governments to reach the UN’s
Millennium Goals. To give him the prize, is to say that fight will carry on.”
God was reportedly invited to the Peace Summit Awards. However, rumors of
the Creator harboring deep jealousy towards Bono have long swirled, and he was
not in attendance.