I purchased the Eurythmics “Touch” album when I was in 7th grade and fell in love with the sound of something so completely different than what I had ever heard before. It sounded experimental and exciting to me. There were so many great songs on that album, but I particularly loved “The First Cut” and “Cool Blue.” I first saw the “Here Comes The Rain Again” on MTV at a relative’s house and every time the video came on (it was in heavy rotation) someone would ask “Is that a man or a woman” or “Is she trying to be a man?” I also knew I liked it because it wasn’t Def Leppard‘s “Pyromania,” the album that everyone in my junior high home room was listening to. They continued to be one of my favorite band all the way through high school, I even went to their concert in 1986. Flash forward to her solo album “Diva” that had every song on it everyone’s favorite. Then “Medusa” and “Bare” and a Sugarcubes cover on her anthology in 2009? I admire her individuality, I am in awe of her talent, and I aspire to her compassion. Ladies and gentlemen, Annie Lennox. Style Icon.
BEST KNOWN FOR: Singer Annie Lennox gained international fame with the duo The Eurythmics in the 1980s. She laid claim on a highly successful solo career beginning in the 1990s.
Annie Lennox, OBE (born 25 December 1954), born Ann Lennox, is a Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving minor success in the late 1970s with The Tourists, with fellow musician David A. Stewart she achieved major international success in the following decade as one half of Eurythmics.
Lennox embarked on a solo career in the 1990s with her debut album Diva (1992), which produced several hit singles including “Why” and “Walking on Broken Glass“. She has released five solo studio albums and a compilation album, The Annie Lennox Collection (2009). She is the recipient of eight Brit Awards, 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 charities in Africa. She also objected to the unauthorized use of the 1999 Eurythmics song “I Saved the World Today” in an election broadcast for Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in 2009. In 2011, Lennox received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II for her “tireless charity campaigns and championing of humanitarian causes”.
Known as a pop culture icon for her distinctive contralto vocals and visual performances, Lennox has been named “The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive” by VH1 and one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. She has earned the distinction of “most successful female British artist in UK music history” because of her global commercial success since the early 1980s. Including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 80 million records worldwide.
- FABTV: Annie Lennox “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” (fabsugar.com)
- HIV Solidarity – Annie Lennox Discusses Her HIV/AIDS Activism Work (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)
- Annie Lennox: career timeline (telegraph.co.uk)
- AUDIO: Annie Lennox shocks V&A visitors (bbc.co.uk)