The concept of a boy band is quite bizarre. It's a completely artificial version of the street gang, really."
@U2's Awards & Recognition
Canada's QMI press agency called @U2 a "top fansite."
Brazil's Vagalume music website called @U2 "one of the most reliable fansites."
Hot Press referred to our Tours site as "always brilliant."
In August, the Detroit Free Press called @U2 "the Web's leading U2 fan site."
In December, Entertainment Weekly included @U2 at #4 on its list of the 25 Best Fan Web Sites covering music, movies, or television. We were the highest music fan site to be listed.
In December, the Portland Oregonian newspaper recommended @U2 to its readers, calling us "a respected and in-depth fan site."
@U2 finished 38th in the voting for the "People's Choice Award - Best Music Website" at the 2005 Digital Music Awards in October.
@U2 was named a "Best Bet Site to See" by the Binghamton (NY) Press & Sun-Bulletin in December.
Also in December, the Dallas Morning News gave @U2 an A- grade and described us as "super-comprehensive." The A- grade was the highest of five U2 sites graded, including the band's official site, U2.com
In October, @U2 was shortlisted as one of five worldwide finalists in the voting for "People's Choice - Best Unofficial Site" at the 2004 Digital Music Awards.
In November, @U2 photographer Jim Rinaldi had two of his Slane Castle photos used in the booklet which accompanied the release of U2 Go Home - Live from Slane Castle on DVD.
In May, @U2 and staffer Rashas Weber were thanked in the ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS of the new book, The U2 Reader, by Hank Bordowitz:
In April, @U2 was named as one of the "Recommended Websites" listed on the (unofficial) DVD titled U2 - An Unforgettable Journey.
In November, @U2 was voted #28 in the People's Choice category at the 2002 Interactive Music Awards. It was the second consecutive year we were the highest-ranked unofficial U2 fan site.
In a February article offering advice on how to find out about Grammy nominees on the Web, the Chicago Daily Herald trumpeted U2's official web site, U2.com, as a "killer official site", and then politely declared @U2 "even more obsessive." But it sounds like they meant that in the best way:
In September, @U2 was voted #51 in the People's Choice category at the 2001 UK Online Music Awards. At #51, we were the highest-ranked unofficial U2 fan site. U2's official site, U2.com, finished at #29 in the People's Choice category.
In August, Ireland's Hot Press magazine said the following about @U2 in their special Slane Festival edition of the magazine:
In the spring, @U2 was listed as the #2 U2-related web destination by Swiss magazine SonntagsZeitung: "Ranked as best U2 fan site on the web by the music magazine NME, @U2 even has its own team of authors and invites you to a virtual city tour under the section U2's Dublin Guide." The band's official site, U2.com, was rated #1.
Also in the spring, @U2 was named "Editor's Choice" by the editors of the Netscape/Open Directory Project web directory. The only other U2 site to receive such recognition was the official site, U2.com.
In December, @U2 received a 4-star rating from the UK's MP3 magazine, a rating bested only by U2's official web site U2.com.
@U2 is honored to have been named "Best U2 Fan Site" by the long-standing UK rock magazine NME. The honor was given in the magazine's October 14 issue.