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Published:February 25th, 2006 12:35 EST
U2's Bono nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

U2's Bono nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

By Maria Grella

Coming off of 5 big wins at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, a new honor may be heading to U2`s lead singer. After being named one of Time magazine`s Persons of the Year, Bono has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, for the third time in four years.

The grand title is given to those who promote peace and humanitarian work. Passed recipients have been individuals in a wide variety of fields, including former U.S. presidents Theodore Roosevelt in 1906; Jimmy Carter in 2002; Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990; Nelson Mandela in 1993; Yasser Arafat in 1994; and humanitarians Mother Theresa in 1979 and Martin Luther King in 1964.

Last year`s winner was Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency for his work in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

U2 has been a severe force to be reckoned with musically speaking, continuing to put out rock anthems, pop-friendly tunes and lyrics with messages. (Pride) In The Name Of Love, " One, " Sunday Bloody Sunday " and Love And Peace Or Else " are just to name a few socially conscious songs. The band as a whole has contributed towards the campaign of many organizations, including Amnesty International and Greenpeace, to better the world.

U2`s Bono has been nominated for his continuing work efforts to erase poverty and disease in underdeveloped countries. Recently at the World Economics Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he was on hand to unveil a partnership with several companies whose RED marked products will turn 1 percent of the profits to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. American Express, the Gap and Giorgio Armani are among those companies involved. Currently, U2 is touring in South America, where Bono met with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva; he donated a guitar for a charity auction, da Silva`s Zero Hunger, for anti-poverty.

Another musician in the running is musical peer Bob Geldof, recognized for organizing the Live 8 concerts, performances attempting to persuade the G8 to release Third World debt. Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell are also nominated for their efforts to end Sudan`s civil war.

Handed out every year since 1901, this award recognizes achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. This year`s nominations, a total of 191, are the second highest in the award`s 105-year history, with last year coming in at 199 names. These names are selected through politicians, academics, established organizations and activist groups. Once the list is narrowed down, a sole winner is chosen by a secret Norwegian team of five. The winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in mid-October and will receive the gold medal award along with a diploma and $1.3 million in prize money. The ceremony will take place in Oslo, Norway in a ceremony on Dec. 10.