Tutu honours Annie Lennox

The singer received the 22nd Music Industry Trusts Award in London last night.

Scottish singer Annie Lennox in conversation with Cape Talk radio presenter John Maytham on 25 January 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was among the influential personalities who honoured singer Annie Lennox last night after receiving the 22nd Music Industry Trusts Award in London.

The iconic singer was given the award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to British music and her charity work.

The award is unique because it recognises the contribution that an individual has made to the industry across a range of activities.

According to the Daily Mail, Sir Elton John, Adele and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu were among the influential figures who praised her achievements in a recorded video message which was screened at the event.

Archbishop Tutu said Lennox is a true friend of Africa and South Africa who has played an instrumental role in helping to address the Aids pandemic on the continent.

"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. Her Aids activism in general, and support for the Treatment Action Campaign in particular, contributed significantly to turning the pandemic around in our country."

Sir Elton said the award is well deserved.

"It is so well deserved and not only for her extraordinary contribution to music and song writing but also for her outstanding and tireless work as an HIV and AIDS activist and supporter of woman's rights."

Adele said Lennox has been an inspiration to her career.

"Annie Lennox has been a constant part of my life. An example of a brilliant talent that exudes excellence and influence on everyone."

Lennox said she is honoured to receive such an award.

"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."

Lennox, follows in the footsteps of Sir Elton, Gary Barlow and the late John Barry in being presented with the award.