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When Bono met Wiggo - the night rock royalty bowed to Olympic's golden boy

Irish Independent, September 05, 2012


Tour de France and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins met another of his musical heroes last night when he chatted with Bono at the GQ Men of the Year 2012 award.

The cyclist, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award by Liam Gallagher, had previously hung out with Paul Weller at a secret Stone Roses gig and last night was his chance to party with the U2 frontman.

The black tie event, which was hosted by David Walliams and Jimmy Carr attracted a star studded guest list. Other celebrities in attendance included Kylie Minogue, Thor star Chris Hemsworth, Tom Jones, Dominic West, Tinie Tempah, Michael Fassbender, Damian Lewis, Ronan Keating Robbie Williams and Kelly Brook.

Bono took to the stage to praise the winner of the Inspiration award, Sir Salman Rushdie. "It's like Dickens took LSD and moved to India," he said of the novelist's work and gave details of the audience about harbouring Rushdie in his garden and joking about the need to get "the guns out of sights of the kids." Rushdie himself is more modest, saying: "I think it's wonderful to be recognised for staying alive."

Other winners included Tinie Tempah for Solo Artist of the Year; Gary Barlow for Outstanding Achievement; Aaron Sorkin for Writer of the Year; Dermot O'Leary for Most Stylish Man; Michael Fassbender for Actor of the Year and Lana Del Rey for Woman of the Year.

This year was the was the 15th GQ Men of the Awards. Previous winners include Coldplay's Chris Martin; Jay-Z, Led Zeppelin, Kanye West, Michael Caine and Daniel Craig.

© Independent, 2012.

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