Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) -- U2 picked up five Grammy awards at the music industry's biggest awards show, including album of the year and best rock album for ``How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.''
U2, who have won eight prestigious Grammy Awards in the last two years, are stubbornly clinging to their status as one of the biggest bands in the world.
The most popular groups in the history of rock all have several things in common.The music must be inspired and appeal across generations and be distinctive, if not always groundbreaking. But such success is down to more than music. They have to be compelling performers, charismatic and intelligent enough to make good decisions and keep their feet on the ground.
They have to want to be the biggest band ever and not stop wanting it. The Beatles had it, the Rolling Stones still have it, REM hold onto it and Queen were it in a catsuit. And U2 have it in spades, and keep churning it out.
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, came 28 years after the schoolfriends got together in Dublin and 17 years after The Joshua Tree cemented their place on the all-time rock A-list.