Bono to Present Bono With Bono

Jason Dick
Posted January 2, 2014 at 4:04pm

The headlines write themselves sometimes. On Saturday, ex-Rep. Mary Bono, R-Calif., will present U2 with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Bono, recently divorced from ex-Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., and wife of the late Rep. Sonny Bono, is honorary chairwoman of the festival and will present U2 frontman Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., with the Sonny Bono award. Making it timely, U2’s song “Ordinary Love” is in the new film, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” about the life of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.

“We normally present the Sonny Bono Visionary Award to a director, but for our 25th anniversary we wanted to take the occasion to celebrate U2, a visionary group and the world’s premier rock band, for their unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice,” the festival’s chairman, Harold Matzner, said in a statement.

Sonny Bono, long before being elected to Congress in 1994, was a singer/songwriter/producer one-half of Sonny and Cher and mayor of Palm Springs.