Named as one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine, internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and Human Rights activist Annie Lennox, OBE, rose to fame in partnership with Dave Stewart as Eurythmics in the early 1980’s with the classic album “Sweet Dreams are Made of This.”
In the decade to follow Eurythmics went on to achieve more than 20 international hits, selling over 83 million albums. In 1992 Lennox released her highly acclaimed debut album ‘Diva’… selling over 6 million copies worldwide and establishing her career as a solo artist.
Over the years Annie has received numerous accolades – 8 BRIT Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement), 4 Ivor Novello Awards, 3 MTV Awards, 4 Grammy Awards as well as 10 Grammy nominations, 26 ASCAP Awards – a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. She is the first female to receive a British Academy of Songwriters Fellowship.
In 1986 she became an associate of The Royal Academy of Music, to be followed by a Fellowship in 1997, and an Honorary Doctorate in 2017.
She has been recognized with doctorates and fellowships from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Edinburgh College of Art, the Open University of Scotland, Williams College USA, Essex University, Berklee College of Music USA, and in 2016 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Musician’s Company.
In 2003 she performed at the inaugural concert for Nelson Mandela’s HIV/AIDS Foundation 46664, which became a pivotal point on her life’s course and was the first of many performances to advocate, raise awareness and fundraise for the issue.
Her experiences in South Africa with 46664, in Uganda with Comic Relief and Malawi with Oxfam, inspired her to found the SING campaign, supporting women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
In 2008, she founded ‘The Circle,’ which became an official charitable non-governmental organisation in 2015. The Circle aims to inspire, support and amplify awareness of the issues experienced by some of the world’s most disempowered women and girls – in order to change and challenge the injustices they face.
Alongside Ambassadorial roles with UNAIDS, Oxfam, Amnesty International and The British Red Cross, she has also been a Special Envoy for the Scottish Parliament and the City of London, from whom she was awarded the Freedom of The City.
In recognition of her humanitarian work, she received the Woman of Peace Award at the 2009 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. In 2011 she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). In 2013 she received the Honorary Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and in 2016 Annie was awarded the prestigious Livingstone Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. In 2017 she was awarded the George Harrison Global Citizen Award and the Jubilee German Sustainability Award. Last year, Annie was appointed Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University.
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