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List of U2 awards
2005-11-21 U2 @ MSG by ZG.JPG

U2 performing at Madison Square Garden in November 2005.

Award Won
Brit Awards 7
MTV Video Music Award 6
Grammy Award 22
iHeartRadio Music Awards 1
Q Awards 11
Pollstar Awards 13
Juno Award 3
Billboard Music Award 9
American Music Award 1
Meteor Music Awards 15
NME Awards 3
Las Vegas Film Critics Society award 1
Golden Globe Award 2
People's Choice Awards 2
World Music Awards 2
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
Total
Awards won 95
Footnotes

This is a comprehensive list of major music awards received by U2, an Irish rock band that formed in 1976, and whose members are Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, and Larry Mullen, Jr. U2 have been one of the most popular acts in the world since the mid-1980s. The band has sold more than 145 million albums worldwide[1][2] and has won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other rock band.[3]

U2 formed in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. By the mid-1980s, however, the band had become a top international act, noted for its anthemic sound, Bono's impassioned vocals, and The Edge's textural guitar playing. Their success as a live act was greater than their success as a record-selling act until their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, which brought them mega-stardom.[4]

Academy Awards[edit]

The Academy Awards is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.

Year Song Film Award Result
2003 "The Hands That Built America" Gangs of New York Best Original Song Nominated
2014 "Ordinary Love" Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Nominated

Billboard Music Award[edit]

The Billboard Music Award are sponsored by Billboard magazine and is held annually in December. The awards are based on sales data by Nielsen SoundScan and radio information by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. U2 has two awards from three nominations.[5][6]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 U2 Top Duo/Group Nominated
Top Touring Artist Won
2012 U2 Top Touring Artist Won
2016 U2 Top Duo/Group Nominated
Top Touring Artist Nominated

Billboard Touring Awards[edit]

The Billboard Touring Awards is an annual meeting sponsored by Billboard magazine which also honors the top international live entertainment industry artists and professionals. Established in 2004,

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2005 Vertigo Tour Top Tour Won
Top Draw Won
Top Boxscore Won
2009 U2 360° Tour Top Boxscore Won
2010 U2 360° Tour Top Tour Won
Top Draw Won
2011 U2 360° Tour Top Tour Won
Top Draw Won

Brit Awards[edit]

The Brit Awards are awarded annually by the British Phonographic Industry. [7]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1985 The Unforgettable Fire British Album of the Year Nominated
U2 British Group Nominated
1986 U2 British Group Nominated
1988 U2 International Group Won
1989 U2 International Group Won
Rattle and Hum Soundtrack/Cast Recording Nominated
1990 U2 International Group Won
1992 U2 International Group Nominated
1993 U2 International Group Nominated
Most Successful Live Act Won
1994 U2 International Group Nominated
1998 U2 International Group Won
2001 U2 International Group Won
Outstanding Contribution to Music Won
2005 "Take Me to the Clouds Above" (with LMC) British Single of the Year Nominated
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb International Album Nominated
U2 International Group Nominated
2006 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb International Album Nominated
U2 International Group Nominated
2016 U2 International Group Nominated

Critics' Choice Movie Awards[edit]

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards is an awards show presented annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to honor the finest in cinematic achievement.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2004 "Time Enough for Tears" Best Song Nominated
2014 "Ordinary Love Best Song Nominated

Denver Film Critics Society[edit]

The Denver Film Critics Society is an organization of film critics based in Denver, Colorado.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 "Winter" Best Original Song Nominated
2013 "Ordinary Love" Best Original Song Nominated

Golden Globe Award[edit]

The Golden Globe Award are awarded annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. U2 was nominated five times for Best Original Song: Their song "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" from the Wim Wenders film Faraway, So Close! was nominated in 1994, but lost against Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia". For "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" from Batman Forever, they were nominated again in 1996, but again no win (losing to: "Colors of the Wind" by Vanessa L. Williams). Finally, in 2003, they received the award for "The Hands That Built America", which appeared in Gangs of New York. In 2010 their song "Winter" for the film Brothers was also nominated but lost against the song "The Weary Kind" by Ryan Bingham for Crazy Heart.[8] The Edge of U2 described how the band plans to celebrate the nomination. "I think we might have a pint of Guinness in honor of (director) Jim (Sheridan) and his great piece of work.[9] In 2014, "Ordinary Love" won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

Year Award Work Film Lost Result
1994 Best Original Song "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" Faraway, So Close! "Streets of Philadelphia" Nominated
1996 "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" Batman Forever "Colors of the Wind" Nominated
2003 "The Hands That Built America" Gangs of New York N/A Won
2010 "Winter" Brothers "The Weary Kind" Nominated
2014 "Ordinary Love" Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom N/A Won

Grammy Award[edit]

They won 22 awards. The Grammy Award are awarded annually by the Recording Academy in the United States. To date, U2 are tied with Stevie Wonder in having won the most Grammy Awards of any artist of contemporary music with a total of 22 awards from 47 nominations. They have won Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group seven times, while winning Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rock Album all twice.[10][11]

Year Work Award[10][11] Result
1988 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
The Joshua Tree Album of the Year Won
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
1989 "Desire" Won
"Where the Streets Have No Name" Best Performance Music Video Won
1990 Rattle and Hum Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
"When Love Comes to Town" (with B. B. King) Nominated
Angel of Harlem (from Rattle and Hum) Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television Nominated
1993 Achtung Baby Album of the Year Nominated
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
1994 Zooropa Best Alternative Music Performance Won
1995 Zoo TV: Live from Sydney Best Music Video, Long Form Won
1996 "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" (from Batman Forever) Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
Best Rock Song Nominated
1998 Pop Best Rock Album Nominated
2000 PopMart: Live from Mexico City Best Long Form Music Video Nominated
2001 "Beautiful Day" Record of the Year Won
Song of the Year Won
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
2002 "Elevation" Won
Best Rock Song Nominated
All That You Can't Leave Behind Album of the Year Nominated
Best Rock Album Won
"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" Song of The Year Nominated
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Won
"Walk On" Record of the Year Won
Best Rock Song Nominated
2003 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
Bono MusiCares Person of the Year Won
2004 "The Hands That Built America" (from Gangs of New York) Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Nominated
2005 "Vertigo" Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
Best Rock Song Won
Best Short Form Music Video Won
2006 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Album of the Year Won
Best Rock Album Won
"Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" Song of the Year Won
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
"City of Blinding Lights" Best Rock Song Won
2007 "One" (with Mary J. Blige) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
"The Saints Are Coming" (with Green Day) Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
2008 "Window in the Skies" Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
"Instant Karma!" Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
2010 "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" Nominated
Best Rock Song Nominated
No Line on the Horizon Best Rock Album Nominated
2013 From the Sky Down Best Long Form Music Video Nominated
2014 The Joshua Tree Grammy Hall of Fame Won
2015 Songs of Innocence Best Rock Album Nominated

iHeartRadio Music Awards[edit]

The iHeartRadio Music Awards are sponsored by iHeartMedia.[12]

Year Award Work Result
2016 U2 Innovator Award Won
Innocence + Experience Tour Best Tour Nominated

Juno Award[edit]

The Juno Award are presented annually to Canadians musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1987 The Joshua Tree International Album of the Year Nominated
1989 U2 International Entertainer of the Year Won
1993 U2 International Entertainer of the Year Won
Achtung Baby Best Selling Album (Foreign or Domestic) Nominated
2002 All That You Can't Leave Behind Best Selling Album (Foreign or Domestic) Nominated
2005 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb International Album of the Year Nominated

LOS40 Music Awards[edit]

The LOS40 Music Awards is an award show by the musical radio station Los 40.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 U2 360° Tour Best Spanish Festival, Tour or Concert Won
2016 Innocence + Experience Tour Best Spanish Festival, Tour or Concert Nominated

MTV[edit]

MTV Video Music Awards
Year Work Award Result
1985 "Pride (In the Name of Love)" Best Group Video Nominated
1987 "With or Without You" Viewer's Choice[13] Won
Video of the Year Nominated
Best Group Video Nominated
Best Overall Performance in a Video Nominated
Best Direction in a Video Nominated
Best Editing in a Video Nominated
Best Cinematography in a Video Nominated
1988 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Video of the Year Nominated
Best Group Video Nominated
Best Concept Video Nominated
Viewer's Choice Nominated
"Where the Streets Have No Name" Video of the Year Nominated
Best Group Video Nominated
Best Stage Performance in a Video Nominated
Viewer's Choice Nominated
1989 "When Love Comes to Town" Best Video from a Film (from Rattle and Hum)[14] Won
1992 "Even Better Than the Real Thing" Best Group Video[15] Won
Best Special Effects in a Video[15] Won
Best Editing in a Video Nominated
1994 "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" International Viewer's Choice for MTV Europe Nominated
1995 "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" International Viewer's Choice for MTV Europe[16] Won
Best Video from a Film (from Batman Forever) Nominated
2001 Video Vanguard Award[16] Won
"Beautiful Day" Video of the Year Nominated
"Elevation (Tomb Raider Mix)" Best Group Video Nominated
Best Video from a Film (from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) Nominated
Best Special Effects in a Video Nominated
Best Editing in a Video Nominated
2005 "Vertigo" Best Group Video Nominated
Breakthrough Video Nominated
Best Direction in a Video Nominated
Best Special Effects in a Video Nominated
Best Cinematography in a Video Nominated
2006 "Original of the Species" Best Special Effects in a Video Nominated
Best Editing in a Video Nominated
2007 Bono Quadruple Threat of the Year Nominated
"The Saints Are Coming" Most Earthshattering Collaboration Nominated
2009 "Where the Streets Have No Name" Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman) Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards
Year Work Award Result
1994 "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" Best Director (Director: Wim Wenders and Mark Neale) Nominated
1995 U2 Best Group Won
1997 U2 Best Group Nominated
PopMart Tour Best Live Act Won
1999 Bono Free Your Mind Won
2001 All That You Can't Leave Behind Best Album Nominated
U2 Best Group Nominated
Best Rock Nominated
www.u2.com Web Award Nominated
2002 U2 Best Group Nominated
Best Rock Nominated
Elevation Tour Best Live Act Nominated
www.u2.com Web Award Nominated
2005 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Best Album Nominated
U2 Best Group Nominated
Best Rock Nominated
2008 U2 Best Act Ever Nominated
2009 U2 Best Rock Nominated
U2 360° Tour Best Live Act Won
MTV Video Music Awards Japan
Year Work Award Result
2002 U2 Best Group Video Nominated
Best Rock Video Nominated
2007 "The Saints Are Coming" (with Green Day) Best Collaboration Won
MTV Movie Awards
Year Work Award Result
1996 "The Hands That Built America" Best Song from a Movie (from Gangs of New York) Nominated

World Soundtrack Academy[edit]

The World Soundtrack Academy launched in 2001 by the Flanders International Film Festival Ghent

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2003 "The Hands That Built America" Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film Won
2014 "Ordinary Love" Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film Nominated

Other awards[edit]

Year Award
American Music Award[17][18][19]
2002 Internet Artist of the Year
Craig Awards
2010 Best Tour (U2 360° Tour)
Italian Music Awards
2001
1st edition
Best International Group
2001
2nd edition
Best International Group
Best International Album (All That You Can't Leave Behind)
Meteor Music Awards[20]
2001 Best Irish Band
Best Irish Album (All That You Can't Leave Behind)
Best Irish Songwriter (Bono and The Edge)
2002 Best Irish Band
Best Live Performance
Best Irish Rock Album (All That You Can't Leave Behind)
Best Irish Rock Single ("Walk On")
Best Irish Video ("Elevation")
Best Irish Songwriter (Bono)
Best Irish Musician (The Edge)
2003 Best Irish Group
Humanitarian Award (Bono)
2006 Best Irish Album (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
Best Irish Band
Best Live Performance
2010 Best Irish Album (No Line on the Horizon)
Best Irish Band
Best Live Performance
NME Awards
1983 Best Guitarist (The Edge)
1984 Best Male Singer (Bono)
2001 Best Rock Act
Godlike Genius
2002 Best Live Act
People's Choice Awards
2005 Favorite Musical Group or Band
2006 Favorite Tour Artist
Pollstar Concert Industry Awards[21]
1987 Major Tour of the Year
1992 Most Creative Stage Production
2001 Major Tour of the Year
Most Creative Stage Production
Personal Manager of the Year (Paul McGuinness - U2)
Road Warrior of the Year (Jake Berry - U2)
2005 Major Tour of the Year
Most Creative Stage Production
Road Warrior of the Year (Jake Berry - U2)
2009 Major Tour of the Year
Most Creative Stage Production
Road Warrior of the Year (Jake Berry - U2)
2016 Most Creative Stage Production
Q Awards
1990 Best Act in the World Today
1991 Best Act in the World Today
1992 Best Act in the World Today
1993 Best Act in the World Today
1994 Merit Award
1996 Inspiration Award
2004 Icon Award
2005 Best Live Act[22]
2006 Innovation In Sound Award (awarded to The Edge)[23]
Award of Award[24]
2009 Classic Album (awarded to The Unforgettable Fire)
2011 Greatest Act of the Last 25 Years
2016 Best Live Act
Gibson Les Paul Award (awarded to The Edge)

In 1989 and 1993, U2 won Juno Awards for International Entertainer of the Year, and subsequently, producer Daniel Lanois won the Jack Richardson Best Producer Award for the production of "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation".[25] In 1992, U2 won No. 1 Album Tracks Artist at the Billboard Music Awards for "Mysterious Ways".[26] In 2001, they received both the NME Award for "Godlike Genius" and "Best Rock Act".[27] The following year, they received the award for "Best Live Act".[28] In 2003 they received both the Golden Globe Award[29] and Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award[30] for Best Song for "The Hands That Built America", which appeared in Gangs of New York. The following year they won Favorite Group at the People's Choice Awards.[31] In 2005 the band was inducted into the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[32]

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