Bono receives the recognition, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. It is presented by Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti in a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture and Communication in Paris.
Beyond notes and beyond words, you committed yourself and dedicated your fame and career to wage some of the greatest wars of our time. Not for charity’s sake but in the name of Justice.
Bono expresses his feelings on the announcement.
This is a huge honor for me, but really it belongs to the band. I’ve got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice 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.