[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Annie Lennox[/lastfm], half of the 80s duo [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eurythmics[/lastfm], were among those named as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by England’s Queen Elizabeth II over New Years in recognition of her charitable works.
Lennox was recognized for her charities that include fighting AIDS and poverty in Africa. She is also an ambassador for development group Oxfam and founder of the SING campaign; which helps women and children with HIV.
The 56 year-old Scottish native told pollstar.com, “As somewhat of a renegade, it either means I’ve done something terribly right – or they’ve done something terribly wrong,” she said.
The honors are given out twice a year; there is a celebration held around New Years and during another ceremony held on the Queen’s birthday in June.
The honors include, in descending order, knighthood, CBE (Commander of the Order of the Bristish Empire), OBE (which Lennox recieved), and MBE (Members of the Order of the British Empire).
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Others honored are those prominent in the British arts and entertainment world and in the business sector.
Recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public. Confusing I know, but it is the U.K. we’re talking about here.
All kidding aside… congrats to Ms. Lennox. We can’t honor her like the Queen can, but we’ll do our best by sharing a couple of our “favourite” classic Lennox/Eurythmics videos. Enjoy…