Annie Lennox is a Scottish pop/rock singer who was the lead vocalist for Eurythmics. Lennox embarked on a solo career in the 1990s with her debut album Diva, which produced several hit singles including "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass".
She has released five solo studio albums and a compilation album, The Annie Lennox Collection. She is the recipient of eight Brit Awards, three Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award; the highest accolade from Billboard Magazine.In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Into the West", written for the soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
She is known for her distinctive contralto vocals and visual performances and has been named "The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive" by VH1 and one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. She has earned the distinction of "most successful female British artist in UK music history" because of her global commercial success since the early 1980s. Including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox is one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 80 million records worldwide.
Lennox released her solo début album, Diva, in 1992 which was a commercial and critical success, charting No. 1 in the UK, No. 6 in Germany, and No. 23 in the US where it went double platinum.
Her second album, Medusa, was released in March 1995. It consisted solely of cover songs, all originally recorded by male artists including Bob Marley and The Clash. It has achieved double platinum status in both the UK and the US. The album yielded four UK singles: "No More I Love You's", "A Whiter Shade of Pale", "Waiting in Vain" and "Something So Right". The album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards of 1996 and won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single "No More I Love You's".
In 1997, Lennox re-recorded the Eurythmics track "Angel" for the Diana, Princess of Wales tribute album, and also recorded the song "Mama" for The Avengers soundtrack album.
"17 Again", which was released in 2000, made the UK top 40, and topped the US dance chart. In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award.
In 2003, Lennox released her third solo album, Bare. The album has been certified Gold in both the UK and the US and was nominated for Best Pop Album at the 46th Grammy Awards. The album was released with a DVD which included interviews and acoustic versions of songs by Lennox. The Japanese edition of the album features a version of Lennox's earlier hit "Cold" recorded live in Toronto.
In 2004, 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. The song also won a Grammy award and a Golden Globe award. She had previously recorded "Use Well the Days" for the movie.
Lennox's fourth solo album, Songs of Mass Destruction, was released in October 2007, and peaked at No. 7 in the UK and No. 9 in the US. The album's first single was "Dark Road", and another song, "Sing", is a collaboration between Lennox and 23 prominent female artists. The song was recorded to raise money and awareness for the HIV/AIDS organisation Treatment Action Campaign.
Lennox released the compilation album The Annie Lennox Collection in early 2009. A limited 3-disc edition of the album included a DVD compilation featuring most of Lennox's solo videos since 1992, and also featured a second CD of rarer songs including a version of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" with Alicia Keys and Lennox's Oscar winning "Into the West" from the third Lord of the Rings film. The album entered the UK Album Chart at No. 2 and remained in the top 10 for seven weeks.
Her first Christmas album entitled A Christmas Cornucopia was released in November 2010. The album is a collection of Lennox's interpretations of traditional festive songs such as "Silent Night" and "The First Noel", along with one new composition, "Universal Child", which was released as a download-only single.