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U2 win 'Outstanding' ovation at Brit awards

Posted on Tuesday, February 27 @ 01:43:43 CET by Macphisto

(Irish Times) -- U2 collected an "Outstanding Contribution To British Music" prize last night at the Brit Awards in London. It is the first time such an accolade has ever been given to a non-British act.

The award crowns a very successful two weeks for the Dublin band who earlier in the month had been awarded a "Godlike Genius" award by the influential British music magazine, NME. Last week they won three awards at the US Grammy ceremony.

The band played the closing number at the end of last night's ceremony (to be televised tonight on TV3) in front of an estimated television audience of around 100 million. Earlier in the day they had arrived at the Earl's Court venue to be greeted by a gigantic congratulatory poster. Displaying a rare bout of nerves, the band - Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen - all remained locked in their dressing room until rehearsal time.

In previous years, the organisers of the Brit awards have always placed U2 in the "international" category, but the chairman of the Brit's committee, Tony Wadsworth, says they were given the "Outstanding Contribution To British Music" award because "the band signed their record deal in Britain and they have always been an integral part of the British music scene. They've had 20 years of being successful and innovative. Anyway, how do you define what's international? Is it where you are born? Is it where you pay your taxes? What your passport is? Where you signed your record contract?"

After a three-year break, U2 returned to the top of the charts with the release of their current album, All That You Can't Leave Behind, last October. The first two singles off the album, Beautiful Day and Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of went to the top of the Irish and British singles charts and the album has now gone to No 1 in the album charts in over 31 countries. Lead singer Bono says of their rejuvenation: "At first we didn't feel it was that important to get to the top of the charts, because we're a rock band not a pop band. But after such a long time away from the charts it's great to be back."

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