On 31st Dec 2010 Annie Lennox received an OBE in the New Year Honours List for her work fighting AIDS and poverty in Africa. On receiving the award Annie said:
Im  genuinely honored to be part of the New Years honors list for 2010.As somewhat of a renegade, it either means Ive done something terribly right or theyve done something terribly wrong!!!! In any case….Whatever powers that be have deemed me worthy of such a recognition…( Im getting my  fake leopard  pillbox hat dusted and ready!) I was never much of one to win prizes….and certainly never  placed too much value in their acquisition. Therefore…I take this as more of  an appreciation for the gentle turning of the years for someone whos enormously  grateful for being able to breathe more or less freely in a totally insane world.