Annie Lennox
British musician
Annie Lennox
Ann "Annie" Lennox, OBE is a British and Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving minor success in the late 1970s as part of the New Wave band The Tourists, she and fellow musician David A. Stewart went on to achieve major international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics. Lennox is the most recognized female artist at the Brit Awards, winning a total of eight awards. She has also been named the "Brits Champion of Champions".
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Search for HIV vaccine resumes with test in South Africa - U.S. News & World Report
Google News - 3 months
U.S. News & World Report Search for HIV vaccine resumes with test in South Africa U.S. News & World Report Pharmacist Mary Chindanyika looks at documents on a fridge containing a trial vaccine against HIV on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The latest attempt in the long, frustrating search for a vaccine against HIV began ... Annie Lennox: 'AIDS Isn't Over...We Still Have a Long Way to Go'NBCNews.com New HIV Vaccine Study Starts in South AfricaFox News Ten Years of a SHA(RED) Fight: An Interview with Bobby ShriverHuffington Post BBC News -AIDS.gov blog (blog) -York Dispatch -CBS Local all 479 news articles »
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Singer Annie Lennox urges governments to step up funding for AIDS, malaria and TB
Yahoo News - 8 months
By Astrid Zweynert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ending some of the world's deadliest diseases is within reach but only if donor governments dig deeper into their pockets to fund the fight against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, singer and activist Annie Lennox said on Tuesday. Lennox was among activists calling on Britain to pledge 1.2 billion pounds ($1.58 billion) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ahead of its summit in September to urge governments to commit more money to fighting the diseases.
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This Is The Most NSFW Coloring Book We've Ever Seen.. And It's Brilliant
Huffington Post - about 1 year
(Note: The images below are sexually graphic and may not be appropriate for work or other sensitive environments.) A powerful, compelling and very NSFW coloring book is providing queer men with the opportunity to consider and question their own personal relationship with heartbreak and casual sex. The queer coloring book, called LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME, comes from Texas-based artist and illustrator Nathan Rapport. His idea for the book stemmed from going through a tumultuous breakup and the ways in which art as therapy allowed him to question his relationship with casual sex during these tougher emotional times. Much of the impact of LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME comes from its playful yet poignant juxtaposition of male-bodied individuals engaging in group sex with the lyrics from classic and beautiful heartbreak songs by singer-songwriters like Tori Amos, Annie Lennox and Prince. "I knew the concept was very universal, and not specific to queer ...
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This Is The Most NSFW Coloring Book We've Ever Seen.. And It's Brilliant
Huffington Post - about 1 year
(Note: The images below are sexually graphic and may not be appropriate for work or other sensitive environments.) A powerful, compelling and very NSFW coloring book is providing queer men with the opportunity to consider and question their own personal relationship with heartbreak and casual sex. The queer coloring book, called LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME, comes from Texas-based artist and illustrator Nathan Rapport. His idea for the book stemmed from going through a tumultuous breakup and the ways in which art as therapy allowed him to question his relationship with casual sex during these tougher emotional times. Much of the impact of LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME comes from its playful yet poignant juxtaposition of male-bodied individuals engaging in group sex with the lyrics from classic and beautiful heartbreak songs by singer-songwriters like Tori Amos, Annie Lennox and Prince. "I knew the concept was very universal, and not specific to queer ...
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Can Miley Cyrus Educate Millennials About the Fight Against AIDS?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
At Carnegie Hall this past Tuesday night, Miley Cyrus joined U2's Bono and The Edge, Hozier and Jessie J for a World AIDS Day event featuring U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, former POTUS Bill Clinton, Bill and Melinda Gates, Michael Bloomberg and other luminaries of philanthropy. During the program, which celebrated the work of Bono's organizations (RED) and ONE, Jessie J wowed with a cover of Prince's "Purple Rain," Hozier brought the blues to a collaborative version of U2's "When Love Comes to Town," and Cyrus powered through her own kookily melancholic ballad, "Pablow the Blowfish" (also performed recently on Saturday Night Live). But when the 23-year-old former Hannah Montana star took the stage at the close of the evening to share a verse with Bono on a finale of U2's "One," which was backed by a full symphony orchestra and had the capacity crowd on its feet, she didn't remember the lyrics. Bono recovered the vocal line and it ended up being no big deal. It was an inspiring event - ...
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Jazz as a Force for Peace and Freedom
Inter Press Service News Agency - almost 2 years
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, the brains behind International Jazz Day, an event that aims to encourage and highlight the “power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity”. Credit: A.D. McKenzie By A. D. McKenzie PARIS, May 2 2015 (IPS) Against the backdrop of civil unrest in Baltimore, Maryland, the fourth annual International Jazz Day was celebrated with events around the world and appeals for peace, unity and dialogue. “Each of us is equal. All of us inhabit this place we call home,” said American jazz legend Herbie Hancock. “We must move mountains to find solutions to our incredible challenges.”“Each of us is equal. All of us inhabit this place we call home. We must move mountains to find solutions to our incredible challenges" – American jazz legend Herbie Hancock Although the organisers of the event held on Apr. 30 did not refer directly to the protests that have followed the funeral of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray, an African-American who died in police custody, Hanc ...
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Singer Laura Doggett interview: How a life free of pain is not so good for songwriting
The Independent - almost 2 years
Laura Doggett is a dream to watch. In March this year she performed a short supporting set for Years & Years at Heaven nightclub and there was a lot of love in the room for her, as her deep, smoky and expressive singing voice filled the space. Doggett’s low vocal and quirky performance echoed that of her role-models Annie Lennox, Tracy Chapman, Imogen Heap and Kate Bush and her costume was both eccentric and bold: a capacious white Georgia Hardinge gown with huge sleeves that resembled the wings of some giant dove. “You look like an angel!” tweeted her adoring fans.
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Taraji P. Henson Does A Spot-On Nicki Minaj Impression On ‘SNL': Morning Mix
Idolator - almost 2 years
Did You Hear? :: Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson played Nicki Minaj  on the April 11 episode of Saturday Night Live, and in a “trailer” for the sequel to the Rihanna-starring Home. Watch up top. [Pitchfork] :: Yikes. Nelly was arrested April 11 in Tennessee for possession of meth — a felony. Police say that they also found marijuana, a hundred Ziplock bags (read: drug paraphernalia) and three guns in his vehicle. [Just Jared] :: Solange’s friend and assistant Armina Mussa is in critical condition after being stabbed ten times on April 8. Solange canceled a DJ set that she scheduled at Coachella to be with Mussa and her family. [The Times-Picayune] :: Apple is pursuing Taylor Swift and Florence + The Machine for exclusive deals in part to revamp Beats Music. Jay Z’s own streaming service TIDAL features all of the “Blank Space” singer’s albums — except for 1989. [Bloomberg] :: Kim Kardashian confirms that, despite what a recent video shows, North West insists on carrying her Frozen s ...
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Annie Lennox Says No to Retouching
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Annie Lennox rose to fame when she teamed up with Dave Stewart to form the Eurythmics in the early 80s. Her powerful vocals, androgynous style, and mesmerizing stage presence turned her into an icon of the era. Lennox launched a solo career in 1992 to rave reviews. To date, she’s sold over 80 million albums, along with winning four Grammys and an Oscar.
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Rob McClure's Honeymoon on Broadway
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Honeymoon in Vegas is the latest film to leap off the silver screen and onto the Broadway stage. Coming off his Tony-nominated role as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin: The Musical, Rob McClure brings his comedic brilliance to the leading role, originally played by Nicholas Cage in the 1992 film. The show also stars Brynn O'Malley and Tony Danza. It's campy. It's charming. At times it's even downright absurd. Yet there is no denying it's fun. When McClure heard that composer Jason Robert Brown, someone he has admired for quite some time, had written a comedy, he knew he just had to get his hands on the script. "The second I got the script, I couldn't remember the last time I had read one by myself in my living room and just laughed out loud," McClure said. "Then I heard the opening number, and the lyrics were so funny. I think it's surprising for a lot of people that the guy who wrote Parade and The Last Five Years has this incredible sense of humor and can write this throwback, big band ...
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Beck, Annie Lennox get huge Grammy Awards sales bumps
LATimes - about 2 years
Answering the Twitter hashtag mystery "#whoisbeck," the veteran indie rocker not only came away from the 2015 Grammy Awards ceremony with the coveted album of the year trophy, but his exposure on the show (and additional media fallout from Kanye West’s photobombing of his moment)...
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Hair at Grammys Was All Over the Place...No Clear Trend and That's Great!
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Hair was all over the place at the Grammy's in Los Angeles Sunday night, so much so that's it hard to put a finger on the pulse of any particular trend, and that's just fine! I'll start with what I really liked: Annie Lennox just rocked the room and, maybe partly because she is so amazingly talented, I loved her pixie. What a star she is, such a presence. She has done pixies for a long time, and I can't remember when she didn't look great. Katy Perry's lavender hair went beautifully with her glittering gown for the red carpet approach. Before the evening was done, she was down to her dark, dark brunette hair, also beautiful. The lavender was really nice, though, probably a wig and a testimony to how far wigs and hair accessories have come. If you haven't looked lately at the possibilities in wigs, you should. This is a great way to change looks quickly, do something really fun for a party or go from the gym to a ballroom in nothing flat. Outrageous and fun was Sia's wig! It was ...
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How the Grammys got Annie Lennox to sing with Hozier
USA Today - about 2 years
Lennox says the 'Take Me to Church' singer is 'quite wise for his years.'           
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Annie Lennox
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 61
    In 2016 Lennox was awarded both the Elle Style Awards 'Outstanding Achievement' award and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society awarded ‘The Livingstone Medal’ in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the fight against AIDS and support of women's rights.
    More Details Hide Details Lennox has garnered a significant following within the LGBT community. According to The Advocate, "her distinctive voice and provocative stage persona have made Lennox a longtime gay icon." With Eurythmics' music videos earning regular rotation on MTV in the 1980s, Lennox took part in the shaping of popular culture alongside other gay icons such as Boy George, Madonna, Morrissey, and Michael Stipe.
  • 2015
    Age 60
    In 2015 Lennox attended, performed at and hosted several charitable events including 50th Amnesty International Annual Conference where Lennox was a guest speaker, Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s at home Gala in aid of The Elton John Aids Foundation where she performed, she held a screening of He Named Me Malala and hosted a Mothers2mothers 15th Anniversary gala.
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    On 28 January 2015, Lennox performed a live concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles entitled An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox.
    More Details Hide Details The show aired on PBS in the US in April 2015, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray internationally in May 2015.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 59
    In October 2014, Lennox released her sixth solo album, Nostalgia.
    More Details Hide Details The album is a collection of Lennox's childhood favourite soul, jazz and blues songs. Critic Mike Wass of Idolator stated that Lennox "puts her own inimitable spin" on the selected tracks. The lead single "I Put a Spell On You" received its first radio play on 15 September 2014 by Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2. Upon release, the album entered the UK and US Top 10, and reached number one on the US Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
  • 2013
    Age 58
    In November 2013, Lennox received the Music Industry Trusts Award for her career achievements in music and her charity commitments.
    More Details Hide Details Elton John said of her award; "It is so well deserved and not only for your extraordinary contribution to music and songwriting but also for your outstanding and tireless work as an HIV and AIDS activist and supporter of women's rights," while Adele stated; "Annie Lennox has been a constant part of my life. An example of a brilliant talent that exudes excellence and influence on everyone."
  • 2012
    Age 57
    In September 2012, Lennox featured in Series 9 of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, in which she discovered that her great-great-grandmother Jessie Fraser worked, at the age of 13, at the Broadford Flax Mill in Aberdeen.
    More Details Hide Details Her maternal grandmother, Dora Paton, was a dairy maid at the Balmoral Royal Estate and her maternal grandfather, William Ferguson, was a gamekeeper also at Balmoral, who on one occasion danced with the then queen consort of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Both of Lennox's parents died of cancer. Lennox is an agnostic and a feminist. In the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List of British millionaires from the world of music, Lennox was estimated to have a fortune of £30 million. Lennox has received a variety of major awards during her career: BRIT Awards American Music Awards Academy Awards Grammy Awards Ivor Novello Awards MTV Music Awards Golden Globe Awards Honorary degrees and awards Other awards/titles/ambassadorships
    On 15 September 2012, Lennox married Dr. Mitch Besser, in London in a private ceremony.
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    On 4 June 2012, Lennox performed, as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert, in front of Buckingham Palace in London and on 12 August she performed "Little Bird" at the 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony.
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    In 2012, she was rated No. 22 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music.
    More Details Hide Details She has earned the distinction of "most successful female British artist in UK music history" due to her commercial success since the early 1980s., including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox had sold over 80 million records worldwide.
    Lennox performed the song "Little Bird" during the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London on 12 August 2012.
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    On 4 June 2012 she performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace.
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  • 2011
    Age 56
    In conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Lennox put many items from her collection—costumes, accessories, photographs, awards, ephemera from her political campaigns, and personal belongings—on display. This collection, which spanned her entire career, along with music videos and interviews, became The House of Annie Lennox at the V+A from 15 September 2011 to 26 February 2012.
    More Details Hide Details An expanded version of the exhibit was later installed at The Lowry in Salford from 17 March 2012 to 17 June, before moving to Aberdeen for twelve weeks. Both as part of Eurythmics and in her solo career, Lennox has made over 60 music promo videos. The 1987 Eurythmics album Savage and her 1992 solo album Diva were both accompanied by video albums, both directed by Sophie Muller. Actors Hugh Laurie and John Malkovich appeared in the music video for "Walking on Broken Glass" in period costume, while the video for "Little Bird" paid homage to the different images and personas that have appeared in some of Lennox's previous videos. The clip features Lennox performing on stage with several lookalikes (male and female) that represent her personas from "Why", "Walking on Broken Glass", "Sweet Dreams", "Beethoven", "I Need a Man", "Thorn in My Side", "There Must Be an Angel", and even her stage image from the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.
    She received the award from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on 28 June 2011.
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    In 2011, Lennox was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her "tireless charity campaigns and championing of humanitarian causes".
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  • 2010
    Age 55
    In December 2010, it was confirmed that Lennox was in the New Years Honours List and would become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her humanitarian work.
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    In June 2010, Lennox was named as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for AIDS, a role that continues as of August 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Lennox also works with other organisations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International and the British Red Cross in regard to the issue. Lennox also supports the Burma Campaign UK, a non-governmental organisation that addresses the suffering in Burma and promotes democratisation.
  • 2009
    Age 54
    Lennox wore similar T-shirts at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden on 30 October 2009, during her appearance on The Graham Norton Show on 30 November 2009 (where she performed the new song "Full Steam", a duet with singer David Gray), during a recorded performance for American Idol during a 21 April 2010 fundraiser, entitled Idol Gives Back, and during a performance on the live Comic Relief show on 18 March 2011.
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    Lennox opened the 2009 Edinburgh Festival of Politics with commentary on Pope Benedict XVI's approach to HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa.
    More Details Hide Details She said that the Pope's denunciation of condoms on his recent tour of Africa had caused "tremendous harm" and she criticised the Roman Catholic Church for causing widespread confusion on the continent. Lennox also condemned the media's obsession with "celebrity culture" for keeping the AIDS pandemic off the front page. During her address, Lennox wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "HIV positive".
  • 2008
    Age 53
    Lennox appeared at the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute in June 2008 and then led a rally against the Gaza War in London on 3 January 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 52
    On 11 December 2007, she performed in the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway together with a variety of artists, which was broadcast to over 100 countries.
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    In December 2007, Lennox established The SING Campaign, an organisation dedicated to raising funds and awareness for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS.
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    Lennox's 2007 song "Sing" was born out of her involvement with Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), both of which are human rights groups which seek education and health care for those affected by HIV.
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    Lennox stated that while on a trip to South Africa in December 2007 to appear at the 46664 campaign in Johannesburg, the regional company office of the label failed to return phone calls and e-mails she made to them for three weeks, and had completely failed to promote the Sing project as planned.
    More Details Hide Details Upon her return to the UK, Lennox met with the head of Sony BMG UK, Ged Docherty, who was "mortified" by the problems she had encountered with the South African branch. However, the debacle (partly inflamed when Lennox's dissatisfaction with the South African office was made public on her blog) led to press reports falsely stating that she was being dropped by Sony BMG. The record company themselves quickly refuted the rumour stating that Lennox's contract with them had merely been fulfilled and that they hoped she would consider remaining with them. The British tabloid, Daily Mirror, subsequently printed a retraction of its story about her being dropped by the label. In August 2010, Lennox signed a new contract with Island Records in the UK and Decca Records in the US (both part of the Universal Music Group). Her first release was a Christmas album entitled A Christmas Cornucopia, issued on 15 November 2010. The album is a collection of Lennox's interpretations of traditional festive songs such as "Silent Night" and "The First Noel", along with one new composition, "Universal Child", which was released as a download-only single on 13 October 2010. Lennox had previously showcased the song on the American Idol Gives Back TV show in April 2010. She sang the song "Angels from the Realms of Glory" from the album for the TNT special Christmas in Washington.
    Lennox's recording contract with Sony BMG concluded with the release of Songs of Mass Destruction and the subsequent retrospective album The Collection, and much was made in the press in late 2007/early 2008 about the apparent animosity between Lennox and the record company.
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    To promote Songs of Mass Destruction, Lennox embarked on a primarily North American tour called Annie Lennox Sings, which lasted throughout October and November 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Finishing out her contract with Sony BMG, Lennox released the compilation album The Annie Lennox Collection. Initially intended for release in September 2008, the release date was pushed back several months to allow Lennox to recuperate from a back injury. The compilation was eventually released in the US on 17 February 2009, and in the UK and Europe on 9 March 2009. Included on the track listing are songs from her four solo albums, one from the Bram Stoker's Dracula soundtrack, and two new songs. One of these is a cover of Ash's single, "Shining Light". The other is a cover of a song by the English band Keane, originally the B-side of their first single in 2000. Lennox renamed the song from its original title "Closer Now" to "Pattern of My Life". A limited 3-disc edition of the album included a DVD compilation featuring most of Lennox's solo videos since 1992, and also featured a second CD of rarer songs including a version of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" with Alicia Keys and Lennox's Oscar-winning "Into the West" from the third Lord of the Rings film. The album entered the UK Album Chart at No. 2 and remained in the top 10 for seven weeks.
    It was released on 1 October 2007, and was the last studio album of Lennox's contract with BMG.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked at No. 7 in the UK and No. 9 in the US. Lennox stated that she believed the album consisted of "twelve strong, powerful, really emotive songs that people can connect to". If she achieves that, she says, "I can feel proud of it, no matter if it sells ten copies or 50 million." Lennox described it as "a dark album, but the world is a dark place. It's fraught, it's turbulent. Most people's lives are underscored with dramas of all kinds: there's ups, there's downs – the flickering candle." She added, "Half the people are drinking or drugging themselves to numb it. A lot of people are in pain." The album's first single was "Dark Road", released on 24 September 2007. Another song on the album, "Sing", is a collaboration between Lennox and 23 prominent female artists: Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Céline Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angelique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Madonna, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Kelis, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall, and Martha Wainwright. The song was recorded to raise money and awareness for the HIV/AIDS organisation Treatment Action Campaign. Included among the group of vocalists are TAC activist members' own vocal group known as The Generics, whose CD of music inspired Lennox to make "Sing".
    On 25 April 2007, Lennox performed "Bridge over Troubled Water" during the American Idol "Idol Gives Back" fundraising drive.
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  • 2005
    Age 50
    Lennox also collaborated with Herbie Hancock doing the song "Hush, Hush, Hush" on his collaboration album, Possibilities in August 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Ending her long association with Stephen Lipson, Lennox's fourth solo album, Songs of Mass Destruction, was recorded in Los Angeles with veteran producer Glen Ballard (known for producing Alanis Morissette's album, Jagged Little Pill).
    In 2005, Lennox and Stewart collaborated on two new songs for their Eurythmics compilation album, Ultimate Collection, of which "I've Got a Life" was released as a single in October 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The promotional video for the song features Lennox and Stewart performing in the present day, with images of past Eurythmics videos playing on television screens behind them. The single peaked at number fourteen in the UK Singles Chart and was a number-one US Dance hit. On 14 November 2005, Sony BMG repackaged and released Eurythmics' back catalogue as 2005 Deluxe Edition Reissues.
    In July 2005, Lennox performed at Live 8 in Hyde Park, London, along with Madonna, Sting, and other popular musicians.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 49
    In mid-2004, Lennox embarked on an extensive North American tour with Sting.
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    In 2004, Lennox won the Academy Award for Best Song for "Into the West" from the film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which she co-wrote with screenwriter Fran Walsh and composer Howard Shore.
    More Details Hide Details Lennox performed the song live at the 76th Academy Awards. The song also won a Grammy award and a Golden Globe award. She had previously recorded "Use Well the Days" for the movie, which incorporates a number of quotations from Tolkien in its lyrics. This features on a bonus DVD included with the "special edition" of the movie's soundtrack CD.
  • 2003
    Age 48
    In 2003, Lennox released her third solo album, Bare.
    More Details Hide Details The album peaked at No. 3 in the UK and No. 4 in the US – her highest charting album in the US to date. She embarked on her first tour as a solo artist to promote the album. The tour, simply titled Solo Tour, pre-dated the release of the album and visited both the US and Europe, with only a two-night stop in the UK at Saddler's Wells Theatre in London. The album has been certified Gold in both the UK and the US and was nominated for Best Pop Album at the 46th Grammy Awards. The album was released with a DVD which included interviews and acoustic versions of songs by Lennox.
  • 2002
    Age 47
    In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award; the highest accolade from Billboard Magazine, with Editor-in-Chief Timothy White describing her as one of "the most original and unforgettably affecting artists in the modern annals of popular music."
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  • 1998
    Age 43
    In 1998, following the death of a mutual friend (former Tourists member Peet Coombes), she re-united with Dave Stewart.
    More Details Hide Details Following their first performance together in eight years at a record company party, Stewart and Lennox began writing and recording together for the first time since 1989. This resulted in the album Peace. The title was designed to reflect the duo's ongoing concern with global conflict and world peace. The record was promoted with a concert on the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior II, where they played a mixture of old and new songs. "I Saved the World Today" was the lead single, reaching number eleven on the UK singles chart. Another single, released at the beginning of 2000, "17 Again", made the UK top 40, and topped the US dance chart.
  • 1997
    Age 42
    In 1997, Lennox re-recorded the Eurythmics track "Angel" for the Diana, Princess of Wales tribute album, and also recorded the song "Mama" for The Avengers soundtrack album.
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  • 1996
    Age 41
    The album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards of 1996, losing to Turbulent Indigo by Joni Mitchell, however, Lennox won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single "No More I Love You's".
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  • 1995
    Age 40
    Lennox provided an extensive solo vocal performance (without lyrics) for the soundtrack score of the film Apollo 13 in 1995.
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    Although Lennox's profile decreased for a period because of her desire to bring up her two children outside of the media's glare, she continued to record. Her second album, Medusa, was released in March 1995.
    More Details Hide Details It consisted solely of cover songs, all originally recorded by male artists including Bob Marley, The Clash, and Neil Young. It entered the UK album chart at No. 1 and peaked in the US at number 11, spending 60 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and selling over 2,000,000 to date in the United States. It has achieved double platinum status in both the UK and the US. The album yielded four UK singles: "No More I Love You's" (which entered the UK singles chart at No. 2, Lennox's highest ever solo peak), "A Whiter Shade of Pale", "Waiting in Vain" and "Something So Right".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 37
    Lennox's profile was boosted by Divas singles, which included "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass". "Why" won an MTV Award for Best Female Video at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, while the video for "Walking on Broken Glass" set in the British Regency period, featured actors Hugh Laurie and John Malkovich. "Little Bird" also formed a double A-side with "Love Song for a Vampire", a soundtrack cut for Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 movie Bram Stoker's Dracula.
    More Details Hide Details The B-side of her single "Precious" was a self-penned song called "Step by Step", which was later a hit for Whitney Houston for the soundtrack of the film The Preacher's Wife. The song "Keep Young and Beautiful" was included on the CD release as a bonus track (the original vinyl album had only ten tracks). The album entered the UK album chart at no.1 and has since sold over 1.2 million copies in the UK alone, being certified quadruple platinum. It was also a success in the US where it was a top 30 hit and has sold in excess of 2,700,000 copies. In 1993, the album was included in Q magazine's list of the "50 Best Albums of 1992". Rolling Stone magazine (25 June 1992, p. 41) described the album as " state-of-the-art soul pop " and it is included in Rolling Stone's (13 May 1999, p. 56) "Essential Recordings of the 90's" list. The album won Best British Album at the 1993 Brit Awards.
    Lennox began working with former Trevor Horn protégé Stephen Lipson, beginning with her 1992 solo début album, Diva.
    More Details Hide Details It was a commercial and critical success, charting No. 1 in the UK, No. 6 in Germany, and No. 23 in the US where it went double platinum.
    She then appeared with David Bowie and the surviving members of Queen at 1992's Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at London's Wembley Stadium, performing "Under Pressure".
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    Lennox embarked on a solo career in 1992 with her debut album, Diva, which produced several hit singles including "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass".
    More Details Hide Details To date, she has released six solo studio albums and a compilation album, The Annie Lennox Collection (2009). Aside from her eight Brit Awards, she has also collected four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award; the highest accolade from Billboard Magazine. In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Into the West", written for the soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In addition to her career as a musician, Lennox is also a political and social activist, notable for raising money and awareness for HIV/ AIDS as it affects women and children in Africa.
  • 1990
    Age 35
    Although the Eurythmics never officially disbanded, Lennox made a fairly clear break from Stewart in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Thereafter, she began her solo career. Lennox and Stewart reconvened Eurythmics in the late 1990s with the album Peace, their first album of new material in ten years. A subsequent concert tour was completed, with profits going to Greenpeace and Amnesty International. Lennox has received eight Brit Awards, the most of any female artist. Four of the awards were given during her time with Eurythmics, and another was given to the duo for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1999. The 1988 single, "Put a Little Love in Your Heart", was a duet with Al Green recorded for the soundtrack of the movie Scrooged. Though it was produced by Dave Stewart, it was credited to Lennox and Green. This one-off single peaked at No. 2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, No. 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was a top 40 hit in the UK. Lennox performed the song "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye", a Cole Porter song, that same year for a cameo appearance in the Derek Jarman film Edward II.
  • 1988
    Age 33
    From 1988 to 2000, she was married to Israeli film and record producer Uri Fruchtmann.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have two daughters, Lola and Tali. A son, Daniel, was stillborn in 1988.
    Lennox appeared on stage at the 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert and commenced activist work with the Sing Foundation afterwards.
    More Details Hide Details In 1990, Lennox recorded a version of Cole Porter's "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" for the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue, a benefit for AIDS awareness. A video was also produced. Lennox has been a public supporter of Amnesty International and Greenpeace for many years, and she and Dave Stewart donated all of the profits from Eurythmics' 1999 Peacetour to both charities. Concerned by Tibet freedom, she supported Amnesty International campaigns for the release of Tibetan prisoners Palden Gyatso and Ngawang Choephel. In 2006, in response to her humanitarian work, Lennox became patron of the Master's Course in Humanitarian and Development Practice for Oxford Brookes University. In October 2006, Lennox spoke at the British House of Commons about the need for children in the UK to help their counterparts in Africa.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 29
    Lennox has been married three times. Her first marriage, from 1984 to 1985, was to German Hare Krishna devotee Radha Raman.
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  • 1977
    Age 22
    Between 1977 and 1980, she was the lead singer of The Tourists (initially known as The Catch), a British pop band and her first collaboration with Dave Stewart.
    More Details Hide Details Lennox and Stewart's second collaboration, the 1980s synthpop duo Eurythmics, resulted in her most notable fame, as the duo's alto, soul-tinged lead singer. Early in Eurythmics' career, Lennox was known for her androgyny, wearing suits and once impersonating Elvis Presley. Eurythmics released a long line of singles in the 1980s, including "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (a US number one and UK number two), "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" (UK number one), "Love Is A Stranger", "Here Comes the Rain Again", "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves", "Who's That Girl? ", "Would I Lie to You? ", "Missionary Man", "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart", "Thorn in My Side", "The Miracle of Love" and "Don't Ask Me Why".
  • 1976
    Age 21
    In 1976, Lennox was flautist with a band called Dragon's Playground, leaving before they appeared on TV's New Faces.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Annie Lennox was born on Christmas Day 1954 in Summerfield Maternity hospital, Aberdeen, the daughter of Dorothy (née Ferguson) and Thomas Allison Lennox.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s, Lennox won a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied the flute, piano and harpsichord for three years. She lived on a student grant and worked at part-time jobs for extra money. Lennox was unhappy during her time at the Royal Academy and spent her time wondering what other direction she could take. Lennox's flute teacher's final report stated: "Ann has not always been sure of where to direct her efforts, though lately she has been more committed. She is very, very able, however." Two years later, Lennox reported to the Academy: "I have had to work as a waitress, barmaid, and shop assistant to keep me when not in musical work." She also played and sang with a few bands, such as Windsong, during the period of her course. In 2006, the academy made her an honorary Fellow. Lennox also was made a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama that year.
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