The 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present U2 with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the awards gala on January 4.

“We normally present the Sonny Bono Visionary Award to a director, but for our 25th anniversary we wanted to take the occasion to celebrate U2, a visionary group and the world’s premier rock band, for their unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease and social injustice,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.

“Their latest song Ordinary Love from the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is an ode to Nelson Mandela, who had such a powerful impact on our world, and a man whom the band worked with in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa.”

PSIFF is set to run from January 3-13.