Speaking on the 20th World AIDS Day, Annie Lennox echoed Nelson Mandela’s description of the spread of Aids in South Africa as ‘genocide’. “I would like to say that the stigma is dissipating, but I really don’t believe so,” the Eurythmics singer told BBC News. “The stigma has a tremendous hold, not only in Africa, but all around the world in actual fact, and I think that people have become complacent. We tend to still think of HIV as something to do with gay population you know. We think of it as something to do with the ’80s. In actual fact we really need to be looking at that now.” Watch the interview at bbc.co.uk.
Annie Lennox was presented with the Award of Merit at the 2008 American Music Awards on Sunday night at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. “It’s been an incredible journey – music, my friends, my accompaniment through my life, so much of my life,” the singer and activist told the audience upon accepting the honor. “Much of that was with Dave Stewart, of the Eurythmics and it is very important that I say half of the award goes to Dave also. Thank you so much for this. I never thought that I would live to see the day that I could be 53-years-old, standing on the stage and so many people have inspired me in this experience and too many to mention.”
Annie Lennox updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Tuesday (November 18). The Eurythmics singer writes:
Aaarrh! The dreaded packing awaits…I’m going to Germany tomorrow for the Spendenmarathon, and after that I’m heading to LA for the AMA’s….(As you do!)
I wish it could be more like “beam me up Scotty”, but we’re not quite there yet,are we? I get SO badly jet lagged these days, it’s like having a major flu… but, it certainly keeps me busy, and out of trouble… Well, to be honest, the one thing I’d like to do more often is to spend more time in the studio. I wish there were more hours in the day, ’cause those plates sure do take some spinning, but it’s all worthwhile in the end. Yesterday I had a lovely photo session and interview for a publication for Woman and Home, which will come out in Spring ’09…And today I recorded a program for BBC radio 2, about the history of the arts/music and performance on behalf of Amnesty International and “human rights” in general.
We’re prepping up the SING site for DEC 1st, World Aids Day.. and laying down plans and schemes for the coming year. The fun never stops folks!
Annie Lennox checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Wednesday (November 5), reacting to Tuesday night’s U.S. elections. The Eurythmics singer writes:
What can be said???… RESULT!!!
I am thrilled beyond measure… not only that Barack Obama has been elected president, but also because of what he represents. Over the centuries so much wealth and power has been created from the brutal exploitation of indigenous people, and the slave trade. That is what “colonialism” is all about. I have always longed for justice and equality, in a world that is too often racist, bigoted and divided unfairly. Dr Martin Luther King’s life was devoted to making his “dream” of change turn into a reality. And now we actually have a black president! To witness the crowds of US citizens of all “colors” standing united, shoulder to shoulder, was simply breathtaking. It’s time for America to be the “United” states… forward thinking… progressive and inclusive. Maybe now, that change can come.
Annie Lennox’s blog at MySpace announced that the American Music Awards on Tuesday confirmed that this year’s special Award Of Merit is going to be presented to the Eurythmics singer, who will also perform at the event. Previous honorees to receive this award include: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Neil Diamond and Gloria Estefan.
“We are delighted to honor Annie Lennox at this year’s AMAs. Through her work with the groundbreaking Eurythmics to her solo career, Annie has always been at the forefront of music. She is a truly exceptional artist,” said AMA Producer Larry Klein.
The AMA’s will be broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, November 23 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC.
Annie Lennox updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Monday (October 13), weighing in on the current global credit crisis and November’s U.S. elections. The Eurythmics singer writes:
Well..the recent “western” world economic events have left everyone with that feeling of queasy uncertainty… coupled with the countdown to the US elections, these are wobbly times on this side of the bed indeed. I’m not a US citizen, but I can tell you that people are watching this campaign with baited breath all around the world. I’ve said my piece about Sarah Palin.. no need to repeat. America is a divided country… those who “get” the bigger picture, and those who don’t. Those who get suckered in by a neat hairstyle and a folksy wink, and those who realize that you have to have a bit more “substance” to be a world leader… Or do you??? It’s down to the citizens to make the choice.. This is where democracy gets scary, because the “majority” don’t always know what’s best.
Annie Lennox checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@annielennox) on Wednesday (August 20). The Eurythmics singer writes:
I came home today, after six nights in hospital. Actually, if you really need to escape from the world, I’d highly recommend it, but the only restriction is that you have to have a health issue before they’ll let you in. My “restriction” was a nerve, which was trapped by a bulged disc, resulting in a totally numb and immobile left foot, which I could only drag (Quazi Modo) style around the house. Something told me that urgent action was required. So to cut a long story short (pardon the pun), I had micro surgery on my back on Friday morning, to remove some of the vertebra that was impinging on my sad little nerve. Needless to say, I am totally in awe of surgeons. This is the fifth time that I’ve gone under the scalpel…and each time I think it’s miraculous… although the tonsillectomy I had all those years ago still rhymes with the word “butchery”. Anyhow… I can now walk again slowly, without the drag, but it’s going to take at least six months of physiotherapy before I start to walk more normally again. Hey Ho!
There was no internet server at the hospital, which is probably not a bad thing really. I spent hours on my lap top in any case, working on photographs that have been waiting to be edited for years. My whole schedule has had to be cancelled, and The Collection will now come out in Spring of next year. It’s very disappointing in every respect, but it’s just how it is. Sammy told me that I’ve something in the region of twenty thousand “best wishes”…..which is very nice. So I’m sending back twenty thousand “thank you’s” in appreciation. See you at the Samba school! love AL
Annie Lennox talked to CNN’s Tony Harris about why she has made AIDS in Africa a personal crusade. The Eurythmics star is releasing her ‘Songs of Mass Destruction’ track ‘Sing’ on Saturday for World AIDS Day. The track is a charity single aimed to raise money and awareness for the HIV/AIDS organization Treatment Action Campaign. Watch the interview via CNN.com below.
Time Off magazine spoke with Annie Lennox about her ‘Songs Of Mass Destruction’ track ‘Sing’, which features vocals from Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Celine Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angelique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Madonna, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall, and Martha Wainwright. ‘Sing’ is a charity record aimed to raise money and awareness for the HIV/AIDS organization Treatment Action Campaign. “One day I woke up and realized how to do this song – the idea was to contact other international female artists to help me out,” the 52-year-old explained. “A lot of the time people are contacting me, but this time I wanted to turn things around the other way. I was a little shy to do it at first, but we wrote letters and emails to various people who I think are great, very well respected and who are very popular around the world. Almost everybody that I contacted – without exception – said that they wanted to do it.” Timeoff.com.au has since removed the full article.
Pop acts on television this week include Enrique Iglesias, who again appears on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ on Monday; Mandi Perkins, who appears on the season premiere of ‘Girlfriends’ on CW on Monday, performing ‘Who I Am’ and ‘Why Pretend’ in a concert scene; Tori Amos, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Monday; Annie Lennox, who performs on ‘Today’ on Tuesday, ‘The View’ on Thursday and ‘The Tonight Show’ on Friday; Train singer Pat Monahan, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Tuesday, ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Thursday and ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Friday; Steve Bertrand, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show’ on Tuesday; Janet Jackson, who visits ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Wednesday; and Sinead O’Connor, who reveals for the first time on television her struggle with bipolar disorder on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Thursday.