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Bono, Geldof among Nobel Prize nominees

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February

Musicians Bono of U2 and Bob Geldof, best known for his Band-Aid and Live-Aid charity efforts, are among the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, according to Billboard Magazine and Canadian media reports. Usually the nominees for the award are not announced, but word sometimes slips out from those doing the nominating.

Bono's campaign to ease Third World debt and Geldof's efforts to fight poverty and famine in Africa have attracted a lot of media attention this year, with Bono being named as Co-Person of the Year by Time Magazine. The winner, who will receive $1.3-million, will be announced in December.

Meanwhile back in the U.K: Though Bono and Geldof, the former frontman of Irish punk group Boomtown Rats, may be kindred souls in the world of charity, it's a different story in person. On Thursday night in London, Bono introduced Geldof to the audience of the NME Awards, Britain's version of the Grammy's. But Bono shocked everyone by plastering his speech with a slew of profanity, using the f-word 14 times, according to observers.

"Bob Geldof has told me to f--- off perhaps hundreds, maybe thousands of times," Bono explained, according to Ireland Online. Geldof was being awarded the Hero of the Year award. Hey, lay off the Guinness, Bono. St. Patty's Day isn't for another month.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:16pm]

    

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