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Annie Lennox presented with MIT honour

By | Published on Tuesday 5 November 2013

Annie Lennox

So, following his arrest as part of the Operation Yewtree investigation last week, Paul Gambaccini stood down from MCing the annual fundraising Music Industry Trusts Award dinner last night, which is probably just as well. Whenever Gambo pays tribute to an artist at an awards event you can’t help suspecting that the tributee is thinking “yeah, this is just the dress rehearsal for your BBC News stint on the day I die”.

It was the loverly Annie Lennox getting the MIT gong last night, which is still quite an honour, even if they did give the prize to tedious tax dodger Gary Barlow last year. And a barge full of celebrities were on hand to pay tribute to the one time Eurythmic yesterday, amongst them Adele, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Elton John, Stephen Fry, Chrissie Hynde, Emeli Sandé and a certain Desmond Tutu, oh and former MIT Award recipient Peter Gabriel, who actually presented the gong this year.

Responding to all the tributes and the MIT honour, Lennox told reporters: “I’m very touched and honoured to receive this award. Music has given me a lifetime of experiences and opportunities that I would never have dreamed possible, and I feel very privileged to have been able to become an artist and communicator, especially as a woman”.