U2 accepted a lifetime artistic achievement award from the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC last night, saying America has always “smiling at Ireland”.
Mr. Kennedy Center Honors honors an artist’s legacy, portfolio and career spanning decades, with this year’s ceremony being its 45th annual.
President Joe Biden and his wife Jill were present to see Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr receive the honor.
The Dublin Band was honored alongside actor George Clooney, singer-songwriter Amy Grant, singer Gladys Knight and composer and conductor Tania Leon.
Kennedy Center President David M Rubenstein said U2 has triumphed over America and beyond with “iconic songs, powerful lyrics, and powerful messages about social justice and rights Global Citizens”.
He added that the band has enjoyed a musical legacy that spans generations, inspiring and uniting.
U2 thanks the Kennedy Center and the American fans for their support.
The group, which is expected to release a new album next year, wrote in a statement ahead of the event: “In December 1980, we made our first transatlantic voyage to America. Our first show was at The Ritz in New York City, our second show, The Bayou in DC.
“We had big dreams back then, fueled in part by the widespread belief back home that America smiled at Ireland. And it turned out to be true, again.
“But even in our wildest thoughts, we never imagined that 40 years later we would be invited back to receive one of the country’s greatest honors.
“It was a four-decade-long love affair with the country and its people, artists and culture.
“We consider America a home away from home, and we are grateful to the Kennedy Center for welcoming us into this great group of extraordinary artists.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-news/its-been-a-four-decade-love-affair-with-america-u2-reveal-their-pride-at-kennedy-centre-award-42195053.html ‘Four decades of love with America’ – U2 proudly received the Kennedy Center award