BONO shocked the organisers of last night's (23FEB06) NME Awards in London by delivering a tirade of four-letter words.

The U2 frontman was introducing SIR Bob Geldof, who won the Hero Of The Year Award, when he uttered the word 'f**k' a staggering 14 times.

He said, "Bob Geldof has told me to f**k off perhaps hundreds, maybe thousands of times," before repeating the profanity over and over again.

He concluded by saying, "Thank you very much for this award and to my friend who is picking it up in all our honour - f**k off."