Nordoff Robbins have announced that acclaimed musician and campaigner Annie Lennox OBE will be honoured with the prestigious O2 Silver Clef Award at this year’s Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards Lunch.

This star-studded event in aid of music charity Nordoff Robbins, the chosen charity of the music industry, will take place on Friday 1 July at London Hilton, Park Lane. The O2 Silver Clef Award is the most prestigious of the nine awards handed out at the event. It’s given to a British artiste in recognition of their contribution to UK music. Other winners at the 2011 Silver Clef Awards are Tinie Tempah (TAG Design & Interactive: Best Newcomer award) and Alfie Boe (PPL Classical Award). Further award winners will be announced soon.

Annie Lennox is one of the most successful female artists in UK music history, with global record sales exceeding 80 million. As one half of the chart topping synth- pop outfit Eurythmics, alongside Dave Stewart, with several BRIT and Grammy awards under their belt, Annie went on to forge a hugely sucessful solo career. Her debut album ‘Diva’, released in 1992, sold over 8 million copies. With five studio albums and eight BRIT awards under her belt, Annie’s most recent album, ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’ was released November 2010 and charted in the UK Top 20.

In addition to Annie’s long career as a musician, she continues to dedicate a tremendous amount of time and effort to charity work and humanitarian causes around the world and was recently honoured with an OBE. Annie Lennox joins an illustrious list of artistes who have been honoured with the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award including The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne, and last year, Muse.

Annie Lennox OBE said, "I am thrilled and honoured to be receiving the O2 Silver Clef Award from Nordoff Robbins.

"I’ve supported Nordoff Robbins over the years and I’m a firm believer in their work and the healing power of music."

David Munns, Chairman, Nordoff Robbins said, “We are proud and honoured to be awarding Annie Lennox the O2 Silver Clef Award. As a prize that recognizes the contribution a British artiste has made to music, I can think of no more worthy recipient. As an outstanding musician and philanthropist, Annie’s influence has been felt globally.

“Our work at Nordoff Robbins is life changing. Since the Silver Clef Awards began 36 years ago, they have raised over £8m for Nordoff Robbins, allowing us to use music transform the lives of many thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people – but we still have a long way to go to ensure we can deliver our music services to all those who need them.”

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