Bono accepted his “Man of the Year” award from Glamour, marking the first time the magazine has honored a man in their annual lineup of notable women.
The U2 frontman acknowledged it was “a bit ridiculous” to be honored alongside so many influential women when he took to the stage to receive the award at the Glamour ceremony in Hollywood Monday evening, which he attended with his wife, Ali Hewson, and daughters Eve and Jordan.
Bono went on to broach serious topics including the role men play in creating sexism, hate attacks across Europe and women’s global human rights. He concluded with a message directed at Donald Trump: “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.”
Speaking earlier this month about the decision to award the Irishman for his work supporting gender equality and global women’s rights, journalist Christiane Amanpour explained that Bono was the “perfect choice” because “he’s been trying to do good for as long as he’s been making music.”
However, when the news broke about Bono’s award, many criticized Glamour‘s decision to include a man in the lineup. “It’s so important that our daughters understand they can grow up to be Bono,” wrote one Twitter user. “So 2016 is the year women can’t win anything, including their own award,” wrote another.