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Bono Awarded Knighthood

Britain's Queen Elizabeth has awarded Irish rock star and human rights advocate, Bono, an honorary knighthood.

The British Embassy in Dublin says Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, is receiving the honor in "recognition of his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work."

The musician is best known as the lead singer of the rock group U2.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair told Bono in a letter that he was a "huge fan" of Bono's music. Mr. Blair also praised the singer for his commitment to fighting global poverty, particularly in Africa.

Bono is scheduled to receive the award in a ceremony in Dublin shortly after New Year's Day. The honorary award does not give Bono the title of "sir".

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.