Scottish singer Annie Lennox was honoured with the Music Industry Trusts Award for her achievements and charity commitments in London on Monday (04Nov13), and Sir Elton John and Adele were among the celebrities who saluted her. Sir Elton, a previous recipient, could not attend the gala in the former Eurythmics star's honour so he sent in a video message, which was played at the event.
He said Lennox's latest accolade was "so well deserved and not only for your extraordinary contribution to music and songwriting but also for your outstanding and tireless work as an HIV and AIDS activist and supporter of woman's rights."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was also among those who offered up a film tribute, while Adele offered a written tribute in the gala's programme, offering, "So many of her songs have been the soundtrack to my life. Annie Lennox has been a constant part of my life. An example of a brilliant talent that exudes excellence and influence on everyone."
Lennox, 58, performed at the Grosvenor House Hotel gala and admitted she was "very touched and honoured" to receive the award.
She told the audience, "Music has given me a lifetime of experiences and opportunities that I would never have dreamed possible, and I feel very privileged to have been able to become an artist and communicator, especially as a woman."
The event was hosted by BBC broadcaster Jo Whiley at short notice after colleague Paul Gambaccini withdrew from the gala following his arrest last week (ends01Nov13) as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree sex abuse investigation.
The British actress sparked rumours of a romance with Craig - one of the models who appeared in her latest shoot for the British fashion house - after she was seen out in London with him earlier this month (Jun10).
Watson further fuelled speculation by spending time with Craig, who also fronts rock band One Night Only, at legendary U.K. music festival Glastonbury earlier this week (begs21Jun10).
And in an interview with Jo Whiley from Britain's Radio 1 during the music event, Watson confirmed she is dating Craig.
When asked what their celebrity dating nickname would be, she replied, "We haven't (heard one yet). 'Watage'? It wouldn't really (work)."
Whiley then asked the 20 year old, "Have you been together ages or is it new?" to which Watson laughed: "You go George!" before adding, "We've been friends since the Burberry shoot. And when I was in the States, George was taking me through a lot of his music as he was recording it. I couldn't believe (how good the music was). I'm a big fan. Everything he did was amazing."
Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher was the big winner at British magazine
Glamour's Women of the Year Awards in London on June 7.
The 40-year-old beauty was given the Editor's Special Award for her talent to
combine motherhood, and a career while looking glamorous at the same time, as
well as US TV Actress of the Year for her portrayal as single mother Susan
Mayer in the hit show.
Accepting the award, Hatcher confessed, "I flew in today from California. I'm
red-eyed, tired and drunk...I hope I inspire women to believe just how much can change in just one
Oscar-nominee Sophie Okonedo was another celebrity who had been enjoying the
free champagne on offer at the star-studded bash in Berkeley Square Gardens.
As she accepted her trophy for Film Actress of the Year for Hotel Rwanda, she
said, "I want to say something really witty, but I'm so drunk I don't know what
to say! And I've got to present an award later in the evening, oh s**t."
Triumphant Usher, who picked up Man of the Year, laughed, "Man, I love these
awards. You can say what you like."
Presenters at the ceremony, included The Backstreet Boys, Charlotte Church,
Jack Osbourne and Geri Halliwell.
The full list of winners are:
Editor's Special Award: Teri Hatcher
Amor Amor Woman of the Year: Rachel Stevens
Man of the Year: Usher
UK TV Actress of the Year: Patsy Kensit (Emmerdale)
US TV Actress of the Year: Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives)
Theatre Actress of the Year: Kim Cattrall (Whose Life Is It Anyway)
Film Actress of the Year: Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda)
Filmmaker of the Year: Beeban Kidron (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason)
TV Personality of the Year: Cat Deeley
Radio Personality of the Year: Jo Whiley
Newcomer of the Year: Mischa Barton (The O.C.)
Band of the Year: Destiny's Child
UK Solo Artist of the Year: Natasha Bedingfield
International Solo Artist of the Year: Gwen Stefani
Writer of the Year: J.K. Rowling
Entrepreneur of the Year: Elle Macpherson
Fashion Designer of the Year: Alice Temperley
Accessory Designer of the Year award: Tamara Mellon (Jimmy Choo)
Sportswoman of the Year: Kelly Holmes.
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