ANNIE LENNOX: singer, songwriter, campaigner and activist.
One of the finest musical voices of our time, Annie Lennox is internationally celebrated as an innovator, an icon, and a symbol of enduring excellence.
In 1971, at the age of 17, Lennox left her native Scotland for the Royal Academy of Music in London. After a fortuitous chance encounter with Dave Stewart, they formed a group called The Tourists, and following that, a duo called "Eurythmics", going on to sell over 80 million records, achieving over 20 hits across the world.
In 1990, Annie released her debut solo album, 'Diva'. Entering the charts at number 1 in the UK, the album sold around six million copies worldwide.
In 2003, she was invited to Cape Town in South Africa, to take part in the inaugural concert of Nelson Mandela's 46664 HIV/AIDS campaign. There, she witnessed the plight of people struggling to cope with HIV/AIDS pandemic, in townships, orphanages, hospitals and clinics.
"After personally witnessing Nelson Mandela describing the African HIV /AIDS pandemic as a genocide, with women and children being the frontline victims, I set out to try and do something."
Now approaching it’s 5th anniversary, the SING campaign continues to raise funds to support grass roots organisations in Africa.
Annie is an ambassador for UNAIDS, Oxfam, Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Campaign, Amnesty International, The British Red Cross. She is a Patron of The Elton John Aids Foundation, London's HIV/AIDS representative, and acts as Special Envoy for the Scottish Parliament.
Her many accolades include 8 BRIT Awards, (more than any other female artist ever) including Lifetime's Achievement, 4 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
As well as having been awarded five Honorary Doctorates, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Laureates ‘Woman of Peace’ Award for services to humanity, and a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at the ‘Inspiration Awards’ for women 2011. She received an OBE on the New Years Honours List for her commitment and dedication as a humanitarian.