Yesterday (Monday 4 November), musician and philanthropist Annie Lennox was awarded with arguably one of the most prestigious accolades in music, the Music Industry Trusts (MITS) Award.
The Award celebrates the outstanding contribution to music Annie has made in her successful career which now spans over four decades, and also recognises her equal dedication to charity. The Scottish singer publicly supports Amnesty International and Greenpeace, and has admirably campaigned for humanitarian causes. She also received an OBE from the Queen in 2011 for her work fighting poverty and AIDs in Africa.
Over 1,000 people attended the gala dinner ceremony held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. Throughout the evening, audiences were entertained with brilliant live performances by Oliver Marques and the London African Gospel Choir on Annie’s recommendation. The winner herself then rounded the evening off perfectly by performing six of her most treasured songs; including ‘Here Comes The Rain’ and ‘There Must Have Been an Angel’. These performances can be seen in the video footage to follow.
When it came to the presentation by previous MITS Award winner, musician Peter Gabriel, Annie accepted her award graciously: “I'm incredibly touched and honoured to be considered as a recipient of the 22nd Music Industry Trusts Award. Music has given me a lifetime of experiences and opportunities that I never would have dreamed possible, and I feel very privileged to have been able to become an artist and communicator, especially as a woman."
A host of famous figures also commented on the influence Annie had made in many areas of their life and within the industry such as Joni Mitchell, Sting, Elton John, Stephen Fry, Chrissie Hynde, Emeli Sandé and Adele. Notably, South African social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivered these kind words: “She is one of those exemplary human beings who chose to put her success in her chosen career to work in order to benefit others. She is a true friend of Africa and of South Africa. Her AIDs activism in general, and support for the treatment action campaign in-particular, contributed significantly to turning the pandemic around in our country.”
PPL could not be more pleased to sponsor this year’s awards alongside Ingenious and Spotify. PPL CEO, Peter Leathem, commented: “Each year the MITS unite the entire UK music industry to honour an individual whose creativity and work are an inspiration not just to all of us in the business but also to millions around the world. Annie Lennox OBE is such a person. Our congratulations go to her not just on what she has achieved musically but also for all the extraordinary humanitarian work she has undertaken and continues to carry out with a sense of love, diligence and duty.”
The MITS award is held in aid of Nordoff Robbins; a charity who work to transform the lives of people through music therapy, and also the BRIT school of Performing Arts & Technology School; a non-fee paying school which provides an education for 1,200 pupils from a range of backgrounds and abilities.
An astonishing 4.5 million pound has been raised since its initiation, with previous winners including Sir George Martin, Sir Elton John, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jools Holland OBE, Gary Barlow OBE and many other brilliant industry influencers. Visit the MITS website for the full list and history.
Finally if you’d like to catch a glimpse of the evening; this video captures clips of Annie’s acceptance speech as well as some fantastic live performances. If you’d like to find more about the events that we sponsor and the events that we attend, view our events page or follow @ppluk on Twitter.