U2 To Receive 2016 iHeartRadio Innovator Award
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iHeartRadio will honor the iconic group U2 for their undeniable impact on the world of popular culture and will pay tribute to their unparalleled contributions to the music industry and social causes. The group is also nominated in the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards' Best Tour category.
U2 comprised of band members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. is celebrating 40 years together in 2016. During that time, the rock band has won a record-breaking 22 Grammy awards and has become one of the top touring and best-selling bands of all time as a result of their celebrated world tours including the U2 360°, Vertigo, Zoo TV and Popmart tours and iconic albums including The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and All That You Can't Leave Behind. U2's highly-anticipated, technically ambitious Innocence + Experience tour has been traveling the globe in support of their critically acclaimed Grammy-nominated "Songs of Innocence," which Rolling Stone named the best album of 2014.
MAY 30 1983: Bono and The Edge performing live onstage at the US Festival in San Bernardino.
U2 is also known for their unmatched commitment to social causes and activism. In addition to being long-time supporters of Greenpeace and Amnesty International, U2 has supported The Angiogenesis Foundation, Chernobyl Children's Project, Free Burma, Mencap, Music Rising cofounded by The Edge to help replace musical instruments destroyed during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita and two organizations cofounded by Bono: ONE an international advocacy organization fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease in Africa and elsewhere and (RED), which works with established brands to create (RED) branded products to raise money to eliminate AIDS in Africa.
In December 2015, Bono celebrated the 10-year work of ONE and (RED) with a star-studded special World Aids Day benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall that brought together The Edge, Hozier, Jesse J, Miley Cyrus, Stephen Colbert, Sting, Trevor Noah, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton, Bill and Melinda Gates and more. Most recently, U2 returned to Paris three weeks after the deadly November 2015 terrorist attacks for two nights of concerts that honored the strength and resolve of the city.
"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."
"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 National Programming Group for iHeartMedia. "We're thrilled to be able to honor U2 with the 2016 iHeartRadio Innovator Award."