U2 are one of the world’s most successful rock bands. For almost four decades the four Irishmen have been topping international charts and filling stadiums. They have received 22 Grammys – more than any other band –and been firmly established in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2005. And this is why, in the ceremony in Berlin on 13 November, U2 will be presented with the BAMBI for music international. The band will be on the BAMBI-stage with a special live performance.
Their albums, such as “The Joshua Tree” and “Achtung Baby”, have sold more than 150 million copies. Their U2: 360° tour from 2009 to 2011 was the best-selling tour of all time and their latest album “Songs Of Innocence” reached 30 million iTunes downloads within just four weeks. The band’s worldwide humanitarian engagement is exceptional.
The BAMBI-jury explains: “Since their early days in Dublin, U2 knew how to channel their fans’ emotions through their music and to combine them with impassioned statements. They tackle the mistakes we make as we grow and youthful outrage at an imperfect and unjust world. U2 create rock music with attitude and poetic texts that Bono, their charismatic singer, verbalises with his unique voice. Guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. provide the unmistakeable U2 sound of strong rhythms and melodies.”
Every year, the BAMBI awards put German and international celebrities and other exceptional people in the spotlight, attracting a TV audience of more than six million people in Germany alone. The worldwide media attention, covering all six continents from South America to Asia, generates an annual total of more than 3.5 billion media contacts.