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On Sunday at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in London, U2 accepted the Global Icon Award from actor Jared Leto. The band was honored for their dedication and achievements in the music industry throughout the band's career.

Leto said in his introduction speech: "U2 changed my life. I discovered their seminal album 'The Joshua Tree' and it became the soundtrack of my youth. U2 isn't just a band, it's a way of life. Their songs are prayers, their concerts a church. They challenge us, they inspire us and they remind us that every moment in our lives is an opportunity to rise above and be part of the possibilities of life, rather than its problems. They teach us it's okay to mix art and politics, and sometimes - even better - to start a revolution and say fuck you. 157 million records sold, 22 Grammys and the highest-grossing concert tour in the history of the world. One love, one blood, one life."

Bassist Adam Clayton dedicated the award to Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who signed the band 40 years ago.

Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. stated: "...MTV, after 35 years, and U2 are still making history. Thanks to Bob and Bruce and thank you."

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As official recipients of the Global Icon award at the 2017 MTV EMAs, U2 will be performing tomorrow night in London.

Their special live performance will take place in London's historic Trafalgar Square with an expected crowd of 7,000 people.

According to Bruce Gillmer (Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom), the 22-time Grammy Award-winning band will be honored for their "Contributions to music, pop culture and social issues around the world. For over four decades and counting, they've entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe and we're thrilled to announce that they are this year's Global Icon."

Sadiq Khan, London's Mayor said: "London is one of the live music capitals of the world, with an unrivaled music heritage. It is fantastic to host the EMAs in our city for the first time in 21 years. What better way to showcase this than one of the world's greatest rock bands performing to Londoners from all backgrounds, for free, in the heart of our great city?"

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Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  3. Gift - Get Out of Your Own Way
  4. You're the Best Thing About Me
  5. Beautiful Day - Starman
  6. Elevation
  7. Vertigo - Rebel Rebel
  8. One - Invisible
  9. Get Out of Your Own Way

Remarks:

U2 performed tonight in Trafalgar Square in front of 7,000 people in conjunction with their appearance on the 2017 MTV EMA Awards. New single "Get Out of Your Own Way" was performed for the very first time live as well as twice, the second time for a live music video shoot. Prior to the first version of "Get Out of Your Own Way", Bono read a piece of Czeslaw Milosz's poem "Gift" (this performance of the song ended up being aired live during the MTV EMA Awards on Sunday). For the second version of "Get Out of Your Own Way", protest signs were distributed to the audience members for the music video. Bono stated that the song was a "protest against yourself" but later joked that "if you want to protest us, that's cool." At the end of the song, Bono took a megaphone and shouted out Kendrick Lamar's rap lyrics from the studio version of the song.

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