From her years in the 80’s new-wave duo Eurythmics to her long, successful solo career following, Annie Lennox has been without a doubt one of the most influential women in rock. She’s won four Grammys and sold over 80 million records during her career. She’s also been known as a human rights activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as supporting numerous other causes.
Lennox’s song “Why”, one of her most familiar, first appeared on her solo album Diva in 1992. It is hauntingly beautiful, filled with longing and regret. I’ve included two versions of it below: the official video from the early 1990s, and a live solo performance from the 2008 American Music Awards, during which Lennox easily outclassed every other performer of the evening and proved beyond a doubt what a deserving musical icon she has become. Enjoy!