Paul Hewson, popularly known as Bono, the frontman of the rock band U2 as well as the anti-poverty activist was awarded with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest cultural award of France on 17 July 2013 for the contribution to music.
He was also praised for utilizing his popularity for the sake of humanitarian causes. The Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters was awarded to Bono by the French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti in Paris.
The Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters was earlier also awarded to Shakira, David Bowie, Roger Moore, Bruce Willis, Bob Dylan and Sean Connery. The Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters Award started for the first time in the year 1957.
About Paul Hewson (Bono)
• It is important to note that Bono, 53, had also received the award earlier for the music as well as campaigning since the band U2 was formed around 37 years ago.
• Bono has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times.
• The Times Magazine had awarded him with Time Magazine's Person of the Year award in the year 2005.
• In the year 2007, he was conferred with the honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth.
About the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters award
• The Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters is also known as Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
• It is the Order of France, the highest cultural award of France.
• The award was established on 2 May 1957 by Minister of Culture.
• In the year 1963, it was made a part of the Ordre national du Mérite by President Charles de Gaulle.
• The award recognises people who make significant contributions to the fields of literature, arts or help in spreading the motives of these fields.
• The origin of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters award is found in Order of Saint-Michel.
When: 17 July 2013