Live updates

Annie Lennox 'had a hand' in the Spice Girls' success

Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller has revealed for the first time that singer Annie Lennox was secretly one of the architects of the girl group's success.

Fuller explained the Eurythmics star played an important but unheralded role in encouraging the chart-topping group to "ham up" their characters, which helped them top the charts around the world.

The Spice Girls pictured in 1997 at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party.
The Spice Girls pictured in 1997 at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party. Credit: All Action/EMPICS Entertainment

He pointed out in a documentary for BBC Radio 2, to air tomorrow at 10pm, that Lennox may not be too happy to have her formative role in shaping the band made public.

Fuller revealed, "Almost directly she was the one who who got them to be louder and more brash and more specific, so Emma, who was the sweet cute blonde girl, became Baby Spice. She just played it and hammed it up - none of these names actually existed, but Annie gave them focus."

Sweet dreams: Annie Lennox given top award

Music royalty including Sir Elton John and Adele paid tribute to Eurythmics star Annie Lennox tonight, as the chart-topping performer was honoured for her contribution to music.

nnie Lennox attends the Music Industry Awards Arrivals at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
nnie Lennox attends the Music Industry Awards Arrivals at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Credit: PA

More than 1,000 people attended the Music Industry Trusts Award in London to see the singer honoured for her achievements and her charity commitments.

Speaking in a recorded video tribute, Sir Elton said of her award: "It is so well deserved and not only for your extraordinary contribution to music and songwriting but also for your outstanding and tireless work as an HIV and AIDS activist and supporter of woman's rights."

Lennox, 58, also performed at the fundraising dinner, which raised money for Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT Trust.

She said: "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."

Read: Jimmy Somerville surprises busker singing his song

Advertisement

Annie Lennox marries for third time

Former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox has married for the third time.

Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox on stage outside Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee Concert. Credit: David Parker/PA Wire

The star tied the knot with Dr Mitch Besser on Saturday in a ceremony that reportedly took place on a boat on the River Thames, with guests including Oscar winner Colin Firth and comic Ruby Wax.

The Sweet Dreams singer's spokeswoman described the wedding as "a private ceremony with friends and family present".

Lennox, who was previously married to German Hare Krishna devotee Radha Ramen and Israeli film and record producer Uri Frutmann, posted a photograph of her wedding flowers to her Facebook page.

Advertisement

Today's top stories