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U2 get lifetime achievement award
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U2 were present at the ceremony to collect their award
Irish rock band U2 have been presented with a British music industry lifetime achievement award in London.

The group, who formed in 1977, were given the prize at the 30th Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Awards, which raise money for music therapy.

Frontman Bono attended the ceremony and said: "I'm standing here as the lucky member of a great band."

Veterans The Who won a 30th anniversary award. Bob Geldof got an international award for his work in Africa.

Bono urged the nation to get behind Live 8, co-ordinated by Geldof.

"I don't think it's the pop stars or the musicians that the politicians are afraid of, it's the audience," he said.

Rock auction

"They are young people and they can change things."

Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins won the classical award.

Other winners included Natasha Bedingfield, Lemar, Razorlight and McFly.

An auction of rock memorabilia raised a record 338,000 for the charity.


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