Annie Lennox has been named the recipient of the 2002 Billboard Century Award, Billboard magazine's highest honor for distinguished creative achievement. The award -- given annually to an artist who h

Annie Lennox has been named the recipient of the 2002 Billboard Century Award, Billboard magazine's highest honor for distinguished creative achievement. The award -- given annually to an artist who has not received the wider recognition his or her ongoing body of work merits -- will be presented in December during the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. The program will air on Fox Television.

Few artists have embraced music's theatricality as bewitchingly as Lennox. Whether in the Tourists, her first band with Dave Stewart, in their ongoing effort, Eurythmics, or as a solo artist, Lennox has taken arresting musical and visual risks in every step of her fascinating journey. On stage, on record, or on video, Lennox has never been less than mesmerizing.

Billboard editor in chief Timothy White says, "As a vocalist, a live perormer, and then a solo singer/songwriter of astounding eloquence and power, Annie Lennox has shown herself to be one of the most original and unforgettably affecting artists in the modern annals of popular music."

Lennox is recording a new album in Northwest London with producer Steven Lipson. When informed of the honor, she told Billboard, "I'm extremely touched and surprised to receive such a prestigious award as this. But I have to say that a part of me still hasn't quite registered that it's not some kind of hoax, manufactured by my pranksterish producer. Anyhow, if it's true, I'll see you in Las Vegas for the party."

She adds that in the meantime, she will be "working feverishly in the studio" and concludes by offering "love and thanks."

The Century Award was named after the publication's 100th anniversary in 1994. Lennox will become the 11th Century Award honoree, joining George Harrison (1992), Buddy Guy (1993), Billy Joel (1994), Joni Mitchell (1995), Carlos Santana (1996), Chet Atkins (1997), James Taylor (1998), Emmylou Harris (1999), Randy Newman (2000), and John Mellencamp (2001).


-- Melinda Newman, L.A.







Excerpted from the June 1, 2002, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the Billboard.com members section.

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