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Bono receives 'ridiculous' Man of the Year award

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Bono receives 'ridiculous' Man of the Year award

Bono admitted it was "ridiculous" to be given Glamour's first Man of the Year award as he was on stage accepting the prize.

The U2 frontman was awarded the gong at Glamour's Women of the Year ceremony at NeueHouse in Hollywood, California, on Monday night (14.11.16), and used the opportunity to call on Donald Trump to make equality a "priority".

Speaking to the crowd, he said: "I know how ridiculous it is for me to be on this stage accepting this award. But if I didn't know how ridiculous it was, I did have the blessed internet to remind me.

"As my daughter Jordan says, there is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men.

"Unless we address this problem, both men and women together, the world will continue down this misogynistic, violent and impoverished path.

"I say to the president-elect - look across to women, make equality a priority, it is the only way forward.

"The train is leaving the station, be on it or be under it."

The rocker was given the prize by the glossy publication in honour of his humanitarian work, including the 'Poverty Is Sexist' campaign, which aims to relieve the poverty which discriminates against women on a global scale.

Bono attended the ceremony with his wife Ali Hewson, 55, and kids Jordan, 27, and Eve, 25, and was joined by the likes of Gwen Stefani on the winners list as she took the Icon Award.

Other winners included Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, the founders of the Black Lives Matter campaign, IMF chief Christine Lagarde and Nadia Murad, the United Nations ambassador who escaped enslavement from ISIS.

Amber Heard made a rare red carpet appearance at the awards and paid tribute to a sexual assault victim known as Emily Doe.

She said: "Wherever you are, we know you are listening. Thank you for your words. Thank you for your courage. We carry it with us every day."

Earlier this month, Emily wrote an essay in the magazine about sexual assault.

She said: "I am here. I am not that floppy thing you found behind the garbage, speaking melted words.

"I am here, I can stand upright, I can speak clearly, I've been listening and am painfully aware of all the hurt you've been trying to justify."