U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton,
and Larry Mullen, Jr..
U2 are among the all-time best-selling music artists, having sold more
than 150 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005,
they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
Rock, alternative rock, post-punk
The first high school incarnation was called "The Larry Mullen Band," for one day then "Feedback", then "The Hype" for
Finally at the request of Steve Averill, a punk rock musician and family friend of Adam Clayton's,
they picked a new name, U2. U2 is the name of a spy plane flown during the cold war by the US.
Bono (real name Paul Hewson) –
vocals, guitar, harmonica
The Edge (real name Dave Evans) –
guitar, keyboards, vocals
Adam Clayton –
Larry Mullen, Jr. –
drums, percussion, vocals
formed in Dublin on Saturday, September 25th, 1976 when 14 year old Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a notice on his
secondary school bulletin board
"People say we take ourselves too seriously and I might have to plead guilty to that. But I don't take myself seriously, we don't take ourselves seriously - but we do take the music seriously."
"Yes, true, we made it hard for people to love, you couldn't put out a more mixed up record. I mean we really worked hard at that. We worked hard at messing it up for the masses and they still went out and bought it. It is an amazing feeling that the audience is kind of as hip as you are."
"We've no sponsor on this tour (Popmart), and it's not like we've taken some huge high and mighty position on this. I mean if we could get someone to give us a load of money, and not have to kiss ass, we probably would take it. But unfortunately we haven't been able to figure that out."
"Home... hard to know what it is if you've never had one
Home... I can't say where it is but I know I'm going home
That's where the hurt is"
"U2 concerts are categorically not fundraisers for any politicians. They are Rock concerts for U2 fans."
1988: Album of the Year - The Joshua Tree; Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
1989: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group - "Desire"; Best Video Performance, Short Form - "Where the Streets Have No Name"
1992: Best Rock Group Performance - Achtung Baby
1994: Best Alternative Album - Zooropa
1995: Best Music Video, Long Form - "Zoo TV Live From Sydney"
2000: Nominated in Best Music Video, Long Form - "PopMart Live from Mexico City"
2001: "Beautiful Day" wins in three categories: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
2002: Record of the Year ("Walk On"), Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal ("Stuck In a Moment"), Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal ("Elevation"), and Best Rock Album (All That You Can't Leave Behind)
2005: Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Rock Song (songwriters award), Best Short Form Music Video (all for "Vertigo")
2006: Album of the Year - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, Song of the Year ("Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own"), Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With vocal ("Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own"), Best Rock Song ("City of Blinding Lights")
1983: Best Live Act
1988: Best International Group
1989: Best International Group
1990: Best International Group
1992: Best International Group
1998: Best International Group
2001: Best International Group; Outstanding Contribution to Music
1985: Nominated: Best Group Video - Pride
1987: Nominated: Best Video, Best Group Video, Best Overall Performance, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Cinematography - "With or Without You"
Won: Viewer's Choice - "With or Without You"
1988: Nominated: Best Video, Best Group - "Where the Streets Have No Name," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"; Best Concept - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"; Best Stage Performance - "Where the Streets Have No Name,"
Won: Best Video From a Film - "When Love Comes to Town"
1992: Nominated: Best Group, Best Editing - "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
Won: Best Special Effects - "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
1994: Nominated: Best Video (MTV Europe) - "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)"
1995: Won: Best Group (MTV Europe)
1997: Won: Best Live Act (MTV Europe)
1999: Won: Free Your Mind Award - Bono (MTV Europe)
2001: Won: Video Vanguard
Irish Music Awards
2001 - U2 wins Best Band and Best Rock Album (All That You Can't Leave Behind), and Bono wins Best Songwriter at Meteor Irish Music Awards
2002 - U2 wins Best Irish Pop/Rock Group, Best Irish Pop/Rock Male Singer (Bono), Best Irish Pop/Rock Single ("Walk On"), Best Irish Pop/Rock Album (All That You Can't Leave Behind), Best Irish Video ("Elevation"), Best Irish Live Artist, and Industry Award (Paul McGuinness)
2003 - U2 wins Best Group and Bono receives the Humanitarian Award
1988 - Sunday Independent/Irish Life Arts Award
1995 - "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" wins a Golden Globe for Best Original Song
1999 - "Gig of the Year" from Irish online 'zine Oh Yeah!
2000 - "Man of the Year" Award at the NRJ Awards in France, for his work on behalf of Jubilee 2000 (Bono)
2000 - U2 is given the Freedom of Dublin after a unanimous vote in late 1999 by the Dublin City Council
2001 - Best Rock Act and "God-like Geniuses" awards at NME/Carling "Brats" in London
2001 - Best International Group at Italian Music Awards
2001 - Adam Clayton wins "Best Bassist - Male" at Gibson Guitar Awards
2001 - Best Band and Best Rock Album (All That You Can't Leave Behind), and Bono wins Best Songwriter at Meteor Irish Music Awards
2001 - Best Band at GQ Awards
2001 - Top Rock Act at first ever Top of the Pops Awards
2001 - Bono is named "European of the Year" by European Voice magazine
2001 - Best International Group and Best International Album (All That You Can't Leave Behind) at the Amigo Awards in Spain
2002 - three awards at the 13th annual Pollstar Concert Industry awards: Major Tour of the Year, Most Creative Stage Production, and Personal Manager of the Year - Paul McGuinness (U2)
2002 - Bono is given the "Heart of Entertainment" award by the Entertainment Industry Foundation for his worldwide charitable work.
2002 - "Best Concert by a Touring Band" at the Austin (TX) Music Awards
2002 - Joe O'Herlihy wins a Technical Excellence and Creativity Award for his position as Front of House Engineer for U2's Elevation tour.
2002 - Bono wins American Irish Historical Society gold medal for his work for worldwide humanitarian aid.
2003 - Bono recieves "Humanitarian Laureate Award" from the Simon Wiesenthanl Center.
2003 - Bono honored as 2003 Musicares Person of the Year for his accomplishments as a musician and a humanitarian.
2003 - Best Original Song at the Golden Globe Awards.
2003 - Bono wins Humanitarian Award from the American Ireland Fund.
2003 - Bono is given the Chevalier of Legion of Honour by French President Jacques Chirac.
2003 - Bono receives a "European Heroes" award from TIME (magazine) Europe.
2003 - the Outstanding Song Collection" award at the Novello Songwriting Awards in London.
2003 - "The Hands That Built America" wins the Best Original Song prize at the World Soundtrack Awards in Belgium.
2004 - Bono receives "Salute to Greatness" Award from the King Center in Atlanta.