Some of the names dropped in the book include members of R.E.M., whom U2 first met on a European tour in 1985.
The veteran rock star speaks with Morning Edition about his new memoir, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story — and in particular, his deep-rooted spirituality.
The awards recognize a lifetime of achievement in the performing arts. This year they'll go to George Clooney, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, Tania León and U2.
The musicians said they were performing in Kyiv at the invitation of Ukraine's president. They played acoustic versions of U2 hits and also shared the "stage" with the Ukrainian band Antytila.