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Bono Receives French Award for Music, Humanitarian Work

On Tuesday, Reuters reports U2 frontman Bono received the highest cultural award given in France, the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, for his lifetime contributions to music combined with his tireless work on humanitarian causes around the world.

The award was bestowed in Paris in a ceremony by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippeti, who said in a statement, “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 said he was honored to receive the award, dedicating it to the other members of his band: “I’ve got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other.”

Bono joins a long line of notable recipients of the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, first established in the 1950s. Previous honorees include Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Sean Connery, Shakira and Bruce Willis, among others.

This is not the first time the Irish rocker has been honored for his efforts by national and/or international agencies. Bono was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2007, was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2005, and has been nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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