He will be given the award by the family of Martin Luther King in January...

U2 singer BONO is to be honoured for his humanitarian work.

The star, who recently appeared at a Nelson Mandela-organised AIDS awareness concert in South Africa, will be honoured at the 2004 King Center ‘Salute to Greatness’ awards dinner in Atlanta (January 17).

The dinner will be hosted by the family of Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

Founder of the King Center, Coretta Scott King, said: “We are fortunate this year to honour Bono for exemplifying many of the qualities that my husband, Martin, indicated were imperative to moving our society into the beloved community of which he so often spoke. He has focused mass public attention on the world’s poorest continent and lobbied politicians around the globe to take action.”