U2 Win Album Of The Year

January 12, 2010 -- 4:01 pm PST

(U2 accept the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year at the 30th GRAMMY Awards on March 2, 1988, in New York.)

Bono: Well, this is all very Celtic and appreciated. It's actually, it really is hard carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and saving the whale and organizing so much between world leaders and that sort of thing. But we enjoy our work. It's hard when there's 50 million people or so watching not to take the opportunity to talk about things like South Africa and what's happening there, and remarkable people like Bishop Tutu and what they have to put up with. But tonight is maybe not the night to do that. So instead, let's talk about the music.

We set out to make music, soul music. That's what U2 wanted to make. To us, soul music's not about being black or white or the instruments you play or whether you use a drum machine or not. It's a decision to reveal or conceal. And without it, people like Prince would be nothing more than a brilliant song and dance man that he is, but he's much more than that. People like Bruce Springsteen would be nothing more than a great storyteller. But he's much more than that. Without it, U2 would probably be getting better at using The Village Voice. That's a joke. Sometimes they don't understand. Without it, U2 certainly wouldn't be here. And we are here. And I wouldn't want to be anywhere else other than New York City tonight. Thank you. And … Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, without which we couldn't have made that record. Thank you very much.

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