Irish supergroup U2 was named Friday the recipient of the 2016 iHeartRadio Innovator Award, honoring their work not only in music but on behalf of various social causes.
The band — Bono, David “The Edge” Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. — will be honored during the iHeart Radio Music Awards on April 3 at the Forum in Inglewood. This year marks the group’s 40th year playing together, a span that has seen the group win nearly two dozen Grammy Awards and consistently sell out stadiums and arenas around the globe.
“U2 is a band of activists, not only in music but in politics, popular culture and human rights,” said John Sykes, president of entertainment enterprises for iHeartMedia. “They began as a punk band and that attitude still runs strong throughout their songwriting, albums and live performances. They will never stop testing the limits, and that’s why we are honored to recognize them with this Innovator Award.”
The group is known for its social activism, supporting organizations and causes ranging from Greenpeace to Amnesty International to the Chernobyl Children’s Project. Evans founded Music Rising, an effort to replace musical instruments destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. Bono co-founded ONE, an organization fighting poverty and disease in Africa, and RED, which is aimed at eliminating AIDS in Africa.
The band recently performed a series of shows in Paris as a sign of support for the city following the November terrorist attacks.
“It is extremely rare to have a band that has spent four decades not only changing music, but helping change the world with their tireless dedication to important social causes focusing on AIDS, poverty, cancer, the environment, Hurricane Katrina and much more,” said Tom Poleman, president of the National Programming Group for iHeartMedia.
—City News Service