Bono to Get Honorary Knighthood
12/23/2006 AT 02:15 PM EST
The 46-year-old rocker, who is being recognized for his musical contributions and his humanitarian work, will receive his honorary knighthood shortly after New Year's Day, the Associated Press reports.
However, you won't have to address the Irish singer by "Sir" – that title is only conferred on nationals of Britain or the Commonwealth of former British colonies.
In a letter to Bono released Saturday, British Prime Minister Tony Blair praised the singer's lobbying efforts for Africa.
"I know from talking to you how much these causes matter to you," Blair wrote. "I know as well how knowledgeable you are about the problems we face and how determined you are to do all you can to help overcome them. You have tirelessly used your voice to speak up for Africa."
A statement on the U2 Web site said Bono was "very flattered" to be honored, particularly if the honor...opens doors for his long standing campaigning work against extreme poverty in Africa."
In 2003, the singer was given the Legion D'Honneur by President Jacques Chirac on behalf of the French government, for his contribution to music and his campaigning work.
Last year Bono was awarded the Time Person of the Year 2005, along with Bill and Melinda Gates, for his work promoting justice and equality.