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Annie Lennox

Singer, Songwriter, & Campaigner

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Annie Lennox talks about her childhood, her pursuit of music, and some of the most influential and inspiring moments of her life.
Annie Lennox is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist, and philanthropist. She is most prominently recognized as the front woman of the British music duo Eurythmics, her solo career, and for her work as an ambassador for Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign, seeking education and health care for those affected by HIV.   In 1974, Lennox left the Royal Academy of Music with guitarist David Stewart to start the band Eurythmics and their ten-year long musical partnership. As a musician, her career is replete with a diversity of musical accolades. Most notably, Lennox has won eight BRIT Awards between 1987 and 2005 — more than any other female artist in history – four Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, and Billboard Magazine’s prestigious Billboard Century Award for being one of "the most original and unforgettably effecting artists in the modern annals of popular music."   Her philanthropy has made waves, as well. In December 2007, Lennox established The SING Campaign, aimed at raising funds and awareness for issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. Subsequently, the Red Cross Humanitarian Award, Save the Children's "Amigos de los Niños" Award, and the Nobel Peace Laureates "Women of Peace" Award for services to humanity.   She became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), in recognition for her humanitarian work, receiving the award from Queen Elizabeth II in the summer of 2011. Lennox has also been a part of MAKER Jude Kelly's Women of the World festival.