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Tuesday, 28 November, 2000, 14:54 GMT
U2 to receive Brits honour
U2
U2 follow past winners such as David Bowie, The Who and Queen
Irish superstars U2 will be given the Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at the 2001 Brit Awards.

Past winners of the award include David Bowie, The Bee Gees, Spice Girls, Queen and The Who.

Brits chairman Tony Wadsworth said: "It's with great pleasure and not a little excitement that the UK music industry seeks to recognise the immense impact that U2 has made throughout the world."

He said U2 were committed to "creative excellence, integrity and rock 'n roll".

U2 have sold more than 100 million albums in the 22 years since they met at Dublinšs Mount Temple High School.

The band, who recently released a new studio album, All That You Can't Leave Behind, plan to perform at the awards ceremony.

The latest album has gone to number one in 32 different countries.

The ceremony will be at Earls Court 2 in London on 26 February.

It will presented by children's television presenters Ant & Dec and broadcast on ITV the following evening.

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