U2 star knighted

But Bono won't be called 'Sir'

Bono became a knight of the British Empire today (March 29) in a ceremony at the Dublin home of British Ambassador David Reddaway.

The U2 frontman was named a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

He is being honoured for his humanitarian work and his services to the music industry, which included organising Live 8 with Bob Geldof in 2005.

“You have permission to call me anything you want — except sir, all right? Lord of lords, your demigodness, that’ll do,” Bono joked with reporters after the ceremony.

The singer has not been awarded the title of “Sir” because he is not a British national.

Bono was accompanied by his wife, Ali, and their four children — Jordan, 17; Eve, 15; Elijah, 7; and John, 5, reports the Associated Press.

U2 guitarist The Edge and bassist Adam Clayton also attended.

Bono admitted that honours such as these “really help me get through a few doors I wouldn’t get through. And that’s the truth, that’s the way the world is”.

In 2003 the singer was presented with the Legion D’Honneur by French President Jacques Chirac for his contribution to music and his campaign work.

Bono was also awarded the Time Person Of The Year 2005, along with Bill and Melinda Gates, in recognition of his work promoting justice and equality.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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