65 Facts About Annie Lennox


Ann Lennox was born on 25 December 1954 and is a Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist and philanthropist.


Annie 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".


Annie Lennox has collected four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.


In 2002, Annie Lennox received a Billboard Century Award; the highest accolade from Billboard.


Annie 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.


At the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards, Annie Lennox was made a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, the first woman to receive the honour.


Annie Lennox founded the Sing campaign in 2007 and founded a women's empowerment charity called The Circle in 2008.


In 2011, Annie Lennox was appointed an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for her "tireless charity campaigns and championing of humanitarian causes".


In 2017, Annie Lennox was appointed Glasgow Caledonian University's first female chancellor.


Annie Lennox was born on Christmas Day 1954 in Aberdeen, Scotland.


Annie Lennox is the daughter of Dorothy Farquharson and Thomas Allison Lennox.


Annie Lennox lived on a student grant and worked at part-time jobs for extra money.


Annie Lennox was unhappy and doubted her own talent when compared to her student contemporaries while at the Royal Academy and deliberated on what other direction she could take.


Annie Lennox was made a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama that year.


In 1976, Annie Lennox was a flute player with a band called Dragon's Playground, leaving before they appeared on ITV's talent show New Faces.


Early in Eurythmics' career, Annie Lennox was known for her androgyny, wearing suits and once impersonating Elvis Presley.


Annie Lennox has received eight Brit Awards, including being named Best British Female Artist a record six times.


Annie 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.


Annie Lennox 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".


Annie Lennox began working with former Trevor Horn protege Stephen Lipson, beginning with her 1992 solo debut album, Diva.


Annie Lennox's profile was boosted by Diva singles, which included "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass".


The album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards of 1996, losing to Turbulent Indigo by Joni Mitchell Annie Lennox won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single "No More 'I Love You's".


Annie Lennox provided an extensive solo vocal performance for the soundtrack score of the film Apollo 13 in 1995.


In 1997, Annie Lennox re-recorded the Eurythmics track "Angel" for the Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute album, and recorded the song "Mama" for The Avengers soundtrack album.


Annie Lennox embarked on her first tour as a solo artist to promote the album.


In 2004, Annie 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.


Annie Lennox performed the song live at the 76th Academy Awards.


Annie Lennox had previously recorded "Use Well the Days" for the movie, which incorporates a number of quotations from Tolkien in its lyrics.


In mid-2004, Annie Lennox embarked on an extensive North American tour with Sting.


In July 2005, Annie Lennox performed at Live 8 in Hyde Park, London, along with Madonna, Sting, and other popular musicians.


Annie Lennox collaborated with Herbie Hancock doing the song "Hush, Hush, Hush" on his collaboration album, Possibilities in August 2005.


Annie Lennox stated that she believed the album consisted of "twelve strong, powerful, really emotive songs that people can connect to".


Annie Lennox renamed the song from its original title "Closer Now" to "Pattern of My Life".


Annie 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.


Annie Lennox's first release was a Christmas album entitled A Christmas Cornucopia, issued on 15 November 2010.


Annie Lennox had previously showcased the song on the American Idol Gives Back TV show in April 2010.


Annie Lennox sang the song "Angels from the Realms of Glory" from the album for the TNT special Christmas in Washington.


Annie Lennox performed the track on the UK chat show Loose Women in December 2010, and was interviewed.


On 4 June 2012, Annie 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.


In October 2014, Annie Lennox released her sixth solo album, Nostalgia.


Critic Mike Wass of Idolator stated that Annie Lennox "puts her own inimitable spin" on the selected tracks.


In May 2019, Annie Lennox released Lepidoptera, an EP containing four extemporised piano songs.


Annie Lennox appeared on stage at the 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Concert and commenced activist work with the Sing Foundation afterwards.


In 1990, Annie 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.


Annie 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.


In 2006, in response to her humanitarian work, Annie Lennox became patron of the Master's Course in Humanitarian and Development Practice for Oxford Brookes University.


In October 2006, Annie Lennox spoke at the British House of Commons about the need for children in the UK to help their counterparts in Africa.


On 25 April 2007, Annie Lennox performed "Bridge over Troubled Water" during the American Idol "Idol Gives Back" fundraising drive.


Annie Lennox's 2007 song "Sing" was born out of her involvement with Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign and Treatment Action Campaign, both of which are human rights groups which seek education and health care for those affected by HIV.


In December 2007, Annie Lennox established The SING Campaign, an organisation dedicated to raising funds and awareness for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS.


Annie 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.


In 2008, Annie Lennox founded The Circle of Women, known as The Circle, a private charitable organisation to network and fund-raise for women's projects around the world.


Annie Lennox 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.


Annie Lennox condemned the media's obsession with "celebrity culture" for keeping the AIDS pandemic off the front page.


Annie Lennox is a true friend of Africa and of South Africa.


In December 2010, it was confirmed that Annie Lennox was in the New Years Honours List and would become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her humanitarian work.


Annie Lennox received the award from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on 28 June 2011.


In November 2013, Annie Lennox received the Music Industry Trusts Award for her career achievements in music and her charity commitments.


In 2015, Annie Lennox attended, performed at and hosted several charitable events including: the 50th Amnesty International Annual Conference where she was a guest speaker, Elton John and David Furnish's at home Gala in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation where she performed, held a screening of He Named Me Malala, and hosted a Mothers2mothers 15th Anniversary gala.


In 2016 Annie Lennox was awarded the Elle Style Awards 'Outstanding Achievement' award, and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society award, the Livingstone Medal, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the fight against AIDS and support of women's rights.


The video accompanying "Sweet Dreams ", in which Annie Lennox appeared with closely cropped orange hair and wearing a man's business suit, was both striking and surreal.


From 1988 to 2000, Annie Lennox was married to Israeli film and record producer Uri Fruchtmann and they lived in The Grove, Highgate.


On 15 September 2012 Annie Lennox married Besser at a private ceremony in London.


Annie Lennox's maternal grandmother, Dora Paton, was a dairy maid at the Balmoral Royal Estate and her maternal grandfather, William Ferguson, was a gamekeeper at Balmoral.


Annie Lennox has received a variety of major awards during her career:.