Skip Nav
Gift Guide
POPSUGAR Editors' Gift Guide: 150+ Presents For Everyone on Your List
Louis Tomlinson
One Direction Singer Louis Tomlinson's Mother Has Died From Leukemia
Celebrity Interviews
Anna Camp Describing Her Favorite Gift From Skylar Astin Might Actually Bring a Tear to Your Eye

Bono Receives Honorary Knighthood

Bono is becoming just as famous as a philanthropist as he is as a rock star. Not only is he always trying new and innovative ways to adapt with the changing times (like debuting a new song and video on YouTube), but he is endlessly doing good deeds around the world. As a result he has been awarded an honorary knighthood from the Queen of England. Check out the super cool video below and here's more:

“Her Majesty The Queen has appointed Bono to be an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work,” the embassy said in a statement.

Fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldof, also a high-profile rights campaigner, received the same award in 1986. Honorary knighthoods are awarded to non-British nationals.

A statement on the U2 Web site said Bono was “very flattered to be honored, particularly if the honor ... opens doors for his long standing campaigning work against extreme poverty in Africa.”

Something tells us this is just the tip of the iceberg. Who knows what kinds of things he'll accomplish in the year to come.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Luna13 Luna13 9 years
i didnt know he was such a philanthropist, im glad though maybe some people can follow his exapmle
funkyfeet funkyfeet 9 years
Yeah Bono!!!!
sashak sashak 9 years
God I LOVE bono!! well, all of U2, they are my favorite band. They are all into humanitarian work, but B is just the loudest about it :)
juju4 juju4 9 years
One thing that I really love about him is that his humanitarian work isn't just a fad. He has been singing about human rights from the band's origins. When you listen to their early music, you can hear his passion for wanting to help his fellow human beings. I think only later in his life has he been able to think of these unique ways to help others, but I think it has been a motivating factor for him for a very long time.
Aggie Aggie 9 years
Bono is fantastic! :D He's a great rolemodel! ______________________________________ \Don't chase the beat of your heart/
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
It's about time!!
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 9 years
saavedra ~ I think his bandmates have shaken their heads about him for years. I wonder that certain band members may think the music is getting a bit slighted by the media (of late), in preference of covering Bono's humanitarian efforts. (I think they're supportive, of course -- but I've read a couple articles, here and there, that left me with the impression that some other members of U2 have felt a bit chagrined by the omnipresence of press and focus for the philanthropic work of their singer, as it sometimes overshadows their artistic work.) But they're a great band, and Bono is a lovely human being. It's all good.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 9 years
Good for him..rock on Bono and may One make a difference! ______________________________________________________ King and Queen of Crazy Town!
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 9 years
Very nice. I like Bono a lot, though I sometimes *forget* he is a rockstar, first and foremost. (I've always loved U2, but philanthropy is now my first thought when Bono comes to mind -- not that it's a bad thing; it's not bad at all.)
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
Congrats for Bono. I'm glad his hard work is being recognized.
saavedra saavedra 9 years
I love Bono. This is an honor but it is so not Bono to become an honorary knight by the Queen of England. I bet his bandmates are shaking their heads.
divalicious1 divalicious1 9 years
YAY!!!! Bono is such an inspiration :) Well deserved!
Bono iTunes Download Apology
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Engagement Party
Olivia Wilde Stars in New PSA With Matt Damon | Video
Stars at Diesel and Edun's Coachella Party 2013 | Pictures
Celebrities at Paris Fashion Week 2013 | Pictures
Gwyneth Paltrow Pictures at Stella McCartney's 40th With Kate Hudson
Shirtless Bono and George Clooney in Lake Como Pictures

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Celebrity & Entertainment
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds