Sting, Bono Honored By Moby, Elton At Rock The Vote Awards

Sting and Bono were honored last night for their continued political activism by receiving Rock The Vote’s 7th Annual Patrick Lippert Awards during a ceremony held at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles.

The event, hosted by Bill Maher from ABC-TV’s “Politically Incorrect,” drew such notable music and entertainment celebs as Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Ice-T, Bill Murray, Howard Stern, and Rosanna Arquette, among others.

Elton John and Moby highlighted the evening’s performances, as the two teamed up for a rendition of “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad,” a song from Moby’s Grammy-nominated album, “Play.” The event also included a set from Best New Artist Grammy nominee Macy Gray.

Sting, who is up for a pair of Grammys himself for his album “Brand New Day,” received his Patrick Lippert Award from Nobel laureate Jody Williams, who recognized Sting for his environmental pursuits on behalf of the Brazilian Rainforest and its indigenous inhabitants.

Bono was cited
by Rock The Vote for his work on the Jubilee 2000 and NetAid debt reduction campaigns, but the singer was unable to attend the ceremony in person because of his European promotional schedule for the new film, “The Million Dollar Hotel,” which he helped co-write.

President Clinton became the second consecutive member of his immediate family to receive the Rock The Nation Award, an honor which First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton won at last year’s gala (see “Wyclef Jean, Neil Young, Beck, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton Celebrate 1999 Rock The Vote Awards” ).

Sheryl Crow also presented the evening’s Founders Award to Recording Industry Association Of America President and CEO Hilary Rosen, one of Rock The Vote’s original board members, in recognition of her long term dedication to the Rock The Vote organization.