Skip Nav
Award Season
58 Emmys Moments That You Definitely Didn't See on TV
Celebrity Couples
Wait, Are Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton Married?
Celebrity Pregnancies
18 People Who Are Pretty Sure Kylie Jenner Is Actually Kim Kardashian's Surrogate

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.

Join The Conversation
Luna13 Luna13 10 years
i didnt know he was such a philanthropist, im glad though maybe some people can follow his exapmle
funkyfeet funkyfeet 10 years
Yeah Bono!!!!
sashak sashak 10 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 10 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 10 years
Bono is fantastic! :D He's a great rolemodel! ______________________________________ \Don't chase the beat of your heart/
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
It's about time!!
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
Congrats for Bono. I'm glad his hard work is being recognized.
saavedra saavedra 10 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 10 years
YAY!!!! Bono is such an inspiration :) Well deserved!
Barack and Michelle Obama With Bono in NYC March 2017
From Our Partners
Latest Celebrity & Entertainment
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds