Annie Lennox honoured in London

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.