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Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
At the 27th annual Pollstar Awards for concert industry professionals, handed out Friday night in San Francisco, U2 and the Innocence + Experience Tour won the honors for Most Creative Stage Production.
Taylor Swift won for Major Tour of the Year. The full list of winners is at Pollstar.com.
U2 have been nominated for Best Tour in the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Also nominated for Best Tour -- a category new to the awards this year -- are Foo Fighters, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift.
Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor so far are lined up as live performers, with other nominees and guests to be announced at a later date.
Several of the awards categories allow fan voting, but not Best Tour.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards will air live from the Forum in Inglewood at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT April 3 on TBS, TNT and truTV, and will be simulcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide, and on the iHeartRadio digital music platform.
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The We Are Family Foundation, founded by musician/producer Nile Rodgers, will honor Bono at a gala event and concert on April 29 in New York City.
The not-for-profit organization will give Bono its We Are Family Foundation Humanitarian Award, "which honors a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts and inroads into making the human condition better throughout the world." Previous award recipients include Sir Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Trudie Styler and others.
In addition to the awards ceremony and a fund raising auction, the news release says that Bono will perform with Nile Rodgers and CHIC.
It all happens on April 29 at Manhattan Center's Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The event is open to the public and tickets are on sale now, with prices ranging from $295 to $1,500 per person.