Bob Geldof voted Hero Of The Year

ShockWaves NME Awards 2006 pay tribute to the Live8 man

Bob Geldof has been named the Hero Of The Year at the ShockWaves NME Awards 2006.

Readers of NME and NME.COM voted for the singer ahead of Carl Barat, Pete Doherty, Liam Gallagher and Arctic MonkeysAlex Turner in the category.

Last year saw Geldof make a huge stand against global poverty with the staging of the Live 8 concerts across the world which were attended and watched by 3.8 billion people and featured performances from Paul McCartney, U2, The Killers, Coldplay, R.E.M, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Destiny’s Child, Razorlight, Kaiser Chiefs Madonna and the reformed Pink Floyd.

Following the concerts, the subsequent G8 summit promised to give $50 billion more aid per year by 2010, AIDS drugs to all those who need them, care for all AIDS orphans and debt cancellation for 18 countries.