UPDATE: Last night Bono reportedly told Showbiz 411 U2’s new album is now coming in June.
Last night Hollywood gathered for the 71st annual Golden Globes, that annual mishmash of movie and TV awards that’s slightly less reverent and/or relevant than the Oscars or Emmys. The big musical winner was U2, who took home the award for Best Original Song for “Ordinary Love,” its contribution to the soundtrack for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, beating out Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Inside Llewyn Davis’ notorious “Please Mr. Kennedy,” and a selection from the the #1 Frozen soundtrack. The band’s acceptance speech doubled as a heartfelt tribute to Nelson Mandela, whom they partnered with for years in the fight for human rights. The Edge noted that U2 has been working for Mandela since the ’70s, when they were just a band of idealistic teenagers playing anti-apartheid benefit shows. Bono’s comments echoed his emotional obituary for Mandela: “This man turned our life upside down, right side up. A man who refused to hate but he thought love would do a better job. We wrote a love song because its kind of what’s extraordinary about the film. It’s a dysfunctional love story.”
Bono was spotted elsewhere giving co-host Amy Poehler a backrub before her Best Actress win for Parks And Recreation (and granting Poehler a makeout session to celebrate her victory). Elsewhere in the audience, Joanna Newsom was spotted when her husband, the Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, won Best Actor for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The night’s other musical award, Best Original Score, went to Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert for All Is Lost, which led to an awkward exchange with presenter Diddy about their experience drinking together on a boat. (Bono wasn’t impressed.)
In other U2 news, the band announced a new single called “Invisible” as part of a partnership with the AIDS charity (RED), which appears to be earmarked for the Super Bowl commercial that’s expected to announce U2’s new Danger-Mouse-produced album. Lastly, the band gave a surprise performance Saturday at Sean Penn’s Haiti benefit in L.A. Check out a video collage from the concert below featuring a cover of “Hallelujah,” “I Will Follow,” “Vertigo,” and more.