Annie Lennox

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Annie Lennox

Born

12/25/1954, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK

Birth Name

Ann Griselda Lennox

Gender

Female
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Biography

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Annie Lennox has long provided the world with a perfect mix of song writing, performing and musical composition - truly ideal to aspire to. Annie Lennox has been well regarded as a performer for many years. In recent years she has come to be seen as a talented…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Annie follows the Buddhist religion.

    • Annie was the winner of the Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist in 1989, and again in 1990.

    • Annie's first husband, Radha Raman, was a Hare Krishna monk. They were married on March 14th, 1984, but they divorced a year later. She then married Uri Fruchtmann on July 15th, 1988, but they divorced in 2000. They have two daughters named Lola and Tali.

    • Annie was the winner of the British Phonographic Industry award for British Female Solo Artist for the 2nd time in 1986.

    • Annie was the winner of the British Phonographic Industry award for British Female Solo Artist in 1984.

    • Annie has a 4 octave voice.

    • Annie's best friend is Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde

    • Annie left the Eurythmics in 1990 to work with the homeless, and did not speak to David A. Stewart again until 1997, after the death of a mutual friend. In 1999, they reunited for the Eurythmics' Peace album.

    • Annie was ranked #9 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.

    • Annie received an honorary degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in July 2006.

    • The Annie Lennox song Sweet Dreams served as the theme song for The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.

    • Annie won an Academy Award, along with Howard Shore and Fran Walsh, for their song Into the West for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2004.

  • Quotes

    • Annie: (after receiving an honorary degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in July 2006) What I have done with my life has all been about self-invention and I didn't have degrees or qualification or anyone to guide me.

    • Annie: (on being private about her personal life) What did you expect? I'm human; I feel what anybody else feels. There is a big difference between what I do onstage and what I do in my private life. I don't put my living room on magazine pages. I'm not intensely private - I talk a great deal about my life and my work - I just don't play the game to excess.

    • Annie: Even in the '80s when people were gay, it was still difficult for them to come out, whereas nowadays, 20 years on, I think, um, we have a far more open-minded society that embraces the notion of homosexuality, and I think there was this doubt about my gender, you know, and at the time it possibly was controversial but... they missed my message, if you see what I mean, because for me it wasn't about a sexual issue, it was more of a feminist thing.

    • Annie: Music is an extraordinary vehicle for expressing emotion - very powerful emotions. That's what draws millions of people towards it. And, um, I found myself always going for these darker places and - people identify with that.

    • Annie: I mean, I'm 48 years old and I've been through a lot in my life - you know, loss, whether it be death, illness, separation. I mean, the failed expectations... We all have dreams.

    • Annie: It takes a tremendous amount of faith every time I go into the studio. Music comes easy to me -- melody, chord progression, no problem. That's something very simple, and I like to sit down and do that. But to actually literally write something important ...

    • Annie: Historically, the image of women in pop music has been so totally ornamental - sexual, but predictably so. It's hard to tell how far women's individuality has come in the past twenty years. Certainly, if you look at the pop charts as a measuring stick, you'd think it hasn't come far at all. But women do feel less like victims now then they did twenty years ago. At heart I'm a feminist, but I'm also a feminist for men. Men should be liberated from the roles that are foisted on them also.

    • Annie: I'm an only child, you know, originally. I'm not a child anymore, but I certainly tend to spend a lot of time on my own.

    • Annie: Over the years, I was never really driven to become a solo artist, but I was curious to find out who I was as an individual creative person. It's taken some time, but now I feel I've truly paid my dues. I guess I'm at a point now where I'm more comfortable in my own skin.

    • Annie: Catch me and let me dive under, for I want to swim in the pools of your eyes.

    • Annie: I love to be individual, to step beyond gender.

    • Annie: A lot of music you might listen to is pretty vapid, it doesn't always deal with our deeper issues. These are the things I'm interested in now, particularly at my age.

    • Annie: It's a very telling thing when you have children. You have to be there for them, you've got to set an example, when you're not sure what your example is, and anyway the world is changing so fast you don't know what is appropriate anymore.

    • Annie: I regard music as something that transcends the labels of gender, class or creed, which is why I think it's such a powerful medium. And as a fashion plate? I have to tell you that I've been given many opportunities to collude with the fashion industry, but I declined because I don't want to be a clotheshorse for anyone.

    • Annie: I want to branch out. I want to write. I write poetry. I want to see my children grow up well.

    • Annie: I would say that although my music may be or may have been part of the cultural background fabric of the gay community, I consider myself an outsider who belongs everywhere and nowhere... Being a human being is what truly counts. That's where you'll find me.

    • Annie: There are two kinds of artists left: those who endorse Pepsi and those who simply won't.

    • Annie: The future hasn't happened yet and the past is gone. So I think the only moment we have is right here and now, and I try to make the best of those moments, the moments that I'm in.

    • Annie: I was perceiving myself as good as a man or equal to a man and as powerful and I wanted to look ambiguous because I thought that was a very interesting statement to make through the media. And it certainly did cause quite a few ripples and interest and shock waves.

    • Annie: When you're that successful, things have a momentum, and at a certain point you can't really tell whether you have created the momentum or it's creating you.

    • Annie: Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.

    • Annie: Dying is easy, it's living that scares me to death.

    • Annie: I'm shy, yeah. There's a huge industry at the moment of celebrity and it's really evolved over the last 10-15 years and, um, although I'm somebody that's in the public eye from time to time, I don't play that game too much. I don't like it because I find it very superficial - I just like to make my music and I like to sing. I don't really hang out.

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