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.
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."
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.
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."