U2 at the Grammys Through the Years 

<p id=”par-1_37″>U2 is making <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/grammy-awards/”>Grammy</a> history again. The <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/bono-embarrassed-u2s-songs-color-say-dublin-scarlet.html/”>Irish rockers</a> will perform at the 2024 Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, delivering the first-ever broadcast performance from the Las Vegas Sphere, where the band is currently in residence. </p>

<p id=”par-2_71″>The performance from the new immersive entertainment arena is another major Grammy moment for U2, who are among the most-awarded acts in the awards’ history. Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr. took home the band’s first trophy in 1988. They’ve since won 22 awards from 46 nominations and have performed live at the ceremony numerous times. Let’s look back at some of U2’s Grammy moments through the years. </p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-1″><img decoding=”async” width=”1200″ height=”849″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Grammys-1988.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Bono and U2 accepting an award at the 1988 Grammy Awards” class=”wp-image-3620545″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Grammys-1988.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Grammys-1988.jpg?w=640&h=453 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Grammys-1988.jpg?w=768&h=543 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Grammys-1988.jpg?w=1024&h=724 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Grammys-1988.jpg?w=495&h=350 495w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Grammys-1988.jpg?w=239&h=169 239w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Grammys-1988.jpg?w=200&h=142 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Grammys-1988.jpg?w=717&h=507 717w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Grammys-1988.jpg?w=85&h=60 85w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>U2’s Bono accepts the award for Album of the Year at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards | CBS via Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-3_44″>Thanks to albums such as <em>War </em>and <em>The Unforgettable Fire</em>,<em> </em>U2 was already a major force in rock music when they earned their first Grammy nominations in 1988. That year, they took home two trophies, including Album of the Year, for <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/oasis-noel-gallagher-explained-the-joshua-tree-favorite-u2-album.html/”><em>The Joshua Tree</em></a><em>. </em></p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-2″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”989″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Frank-Sinatra-Bono.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Bono shaking hands with Frank Sinatra at the Grammy Awards” class=”wp-image-3620541″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Frank-Sinatra-Bono.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Frank-Sinatra-Bono.jpg?w=607&h=500 607w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Frank-Sinatra-Bono.jpg?w=768&h=633 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Frank-Sinatra-Bono.jpg?w=1024&h=844 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Frank-Sinatra-Bono.jpg?w=425&h=350 425w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Frank-Sinatra-Bono.jpg?w=205&h=169 205w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Frank-Sinatra-Bono.jpg?w=200&h=165 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Frank-Sinatra-Bono.jpg?w=615&h=507 615w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Frank-Sinatra-Bono.jpg?w=73&h=60 73w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Bono and Frank Sinatra at the Grammy Awards in 1994 | RON FREHM/POOL/AFP via Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-4_34″>In 1994, Bono presented legendary crooner Frank Sinatra with a Grammy Legend Award at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. Bono sang “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” with Sinatra on the latter’s album <em>Duets</em>.</p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-3″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”902″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/GettyImages-2248785.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Bono holding a microphone and singing” class=”wp-image-3620551″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/GettyImages-2248785.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/GettyImages-2248785.jpg?w=640&h=481 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/GettyImages-2248785.jpg?w=768&h=577 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/GettyImages-2248785.jpg?w=1024&h=770 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/GettyImages-2248785.jpg?w=466&h=350 466w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/GettyImages-2248785.jpg?w=225&h=169 225w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/GettyImages-2248785.jpg?w=200&h=150 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/GettyImages-2248785.jpg?w=675&h=507 675w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/GettyImages-2248785.jpg?w=80&h=60 80w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Bono performs ‘Beautiful Day’ during the 43rd Grammy Awards in 2001 | Kevin Winters/Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-5_52″><strong>The Academy’s voting members</strong> nominated U2 several times throughout the ’90s. They won Grammys for their albums <em>Achtung Baby </em>and <em>Zooropa </em>and continued to dominate at the awards in the next decade. In 2001, they won three awards for the song “Beautiful Day” from the album <em>All That You Can’t Leave Behind</em>. </p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-4″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”900″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Britney-Spears-Grammy-Awards.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”U2 singer Bono kisses the hand of Britney Spears, in a red dress, at the Grammy Awards” class=”wp-image-3620543″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Britney-Spears-Grammy-Awards.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Britney-Spears-Grammy-Awards.jpg?w=640&h=480 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Britney-Spears-Grammy-Awards.jpg?w=768&h=576 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Britney-Spears-Grammy-Awards.jpg?w=1024&h=768 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Britney-Spears-Grammy-Awards.jpg?w=467&h=350 467w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Britney-Spears-Grammy-Awards.jpg?w=225&h=169 225w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Britney-Spears-Grammy-Awards.jpg?w=200&h=150 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Britney-Spears-Grammy-Awards.jpg?w=676&h=507 676w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-Britney-Spears-Grammy-Awards.jpg?w=80&h=60 80w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Britney Spears and U2 at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002 | Dave Hogan/Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-6_27″>At the Grammy Awards in 2002, <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/has-britney-spears-won-grammy.html/”>pop sensation Britney Spears</a> presented U2 with an award for their song “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of.” </p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-5″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”821″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-Tim-McGraw-Scott-Weiland.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Row of musicians, including Scott Weiland and Bono, performing at the Grammy Awards” class=”wp-image-3620540″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-Tim-McGraw-Scott-Weiland.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-Tim-McGraw-Scott-Weiland.jpg?w=640&h=438 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-Tim-McGraw-Scott-Weiland.jpg?w=768&h=525 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-Tim-McGraw-Scott-Weiland.jpg?w=1024&h=701 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-Tim-McGraw-Scott-Weiland.jpg?w=512&h=350 512w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-Tim-McGraw-Scott-Weiland.jpg?w=247&h=169 247w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-Tim-McGraw-Scott-Weiland.jpg?w=200&h=137 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-Tim-McGraw-Scott-Weiland.jpg?w=741&h=507 741w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-Tim-McGraw-Scott-Weiland.jpg?w=88&h=60 88w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>(L to R) Tim McGraw, Scott Weiland, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, and Bono at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards | Frank Micelotta/Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-7_46″>At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in 2005, U2 frontman Bono teamed up with Tim McGraw, Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and other artists for a performance of “Across the Universe” in honor of the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.</p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-6″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”1021″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Mary-J-Blige-Bono.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Mary J Blige and Bono performing at the Grammys” class=”wp-image-3620542″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Mary-J-Blige-Bono.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Mary-J-Blige-Bono.jpg?w=588&h=500 588w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Mary-J-Blige-Bono.jpg?w=768&h=653 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Mary-J-Blige-Bono.jpg?w=1024&h=871 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Mary-J-Blige-Bono.jpg?w=411&h=350 411w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Mary-J-Blige-Bono.jpg?w=199&h=169 199w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Mary-J-Blige-Bono.jpg?w=200&h=170 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Mary-J-Blige-Bono.jpg?w=596&h=507 596w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Mary-J-Blige-Bono.jpg?w=71&h=60 71w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Mary J. Blige with Bono | KMazur/WireImage for The Recording Academy</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-8_37″>In 2006, <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/mary-j-blige-wanted-to-die-when-she-recorded-her-iconic-my-life-album.html/”>R&B icon Mary J. Blige</a> joined U2 on-stage at the 48th Grammy Awards to perform the band’s song “One.” U2 won five Grammys that year, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year. </p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-7″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”800″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-The-Edge-Bruno-Mars.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Bono and The Edge presenting an award to Bruno Mars at the Grammy Awards” class=”wp-image-3620539″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-The-Edge-Bruno-Mars.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-The-Edge-Bruno-Mars.jpg?w=150&h=100 150w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-The-Edge-Bruno-Mars.jpg?w=640&h=427 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-The-Edge-Bruno-Mars.jpg?w=768&h=512 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-The-Edge-Bruno-Mars.jpg?w=1024&h=683 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-The-Edge-Bruno-Mars.jpg?w=525&h=350 525w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-The-Edge-Bruno-Mars.jpg?w=254&h=169 254w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-The-Edge-Bruno-Mars.jpg?w=200&h=133 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-The-Edge-Bruno-Mars.jpg?w=761&h=507 761w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Bono-The-Edge-Bruno-Mars.jpg?w=90&h=60 90w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”> Bruno Mars accepts his Album of the Year award from Bono and The Edge | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-9_37″>The Academy members didn’t nominate U2 for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2018. But Bono and The Edge were on stage to present Bruno Mars with the trophy for Album of the Year for <em>24K Magic</em>. </p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full” id=”emb-8″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”700″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-The-Sphere.jpg?strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”U2 performing on stage at the Sphere in Las Vegas” class=”wp-image-3620546″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-The-Sphere.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-The-Sphere.jpg?w=640&h=373 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-The-Sphere.jpg?w=768&h=448 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-The-Sphere.jpg?w=1024&h=597 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-The-Sphere.jpg?w=600&h=350 600w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-The-Sphere.jpg?w=290&h=169 290w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-The-Sphere.jpg?w=200&h=117 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-The-Sphere.jpg?w=869&h=507 869w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-The-Sphere.jpg?w=925&h=540 925w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/U2-The-Sphere.jpg?w=103&h=60 103w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>U2 performs during opening night of ‘U2:UV Achtung Baby Live’ at the Sphere | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation</figcaption></figure>

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<p id=”par-10_51″>In September 2023, U2 kicked off their residency at the Sphere, the world’s largest spherical structure at 516 feet wide and 366 feet tall. The jaw-dropping venue has been the band’s home for the past few months, and they’ve been wowing crowds with their “U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere” show.</p>

<p id=”par-11_15″>Bono has trumpeted the Sphere as a one-of-a-kind place to see a live music performance. </p>

<p id=”par-12_58″>“Most music venues are sports venues,” he old Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe (via <a href=”https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2023/04/24/bono-and-the-edge-tease-sphere-las-vegas/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Digital Music News</a>). “They’re built for sports. They’re not built for music; they’re not built for art. So this building was built for immersive experiences in cinema and performance. It was not built for; you can’t come here and see an ice hockey game.”  </p>

<p id=”par-13_26″>U2’s residency at the Sphere runs through March 2. The 2024 Grammys air live on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.</p>

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