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Annie Lennox performing at the Grammy Awards/Getty Images
While some stars at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards are relying on outrageous wigs, purple hair, amped-up smoky eyes, major cleavage, and some serious Botox—60-year-old Annie Lennox doesn’t need anything extra to stand out. She showed up on the red carpet with her signature pixie cut (now blonde), subtle pink makeup and a long-sleeved black dress. She definitely wasn’t trying to steal the spotlight and the truth is, she didn’t need to.
When Lennox took to the stage with Hozier singing his hit 'Take me to Church' and then the classic song ‘I Put a Spell on You’—she definitely put a spell on everyone watching. Lennox was arguably the best performer of the night and she didn’t need outsized dance moves, video, a show-stopping gown or major makeup. The woman is proof that powerhouse vocals and raw talent are better than any accessory.
Annie Lennox at the 2015 Grammy Awards/Getty Images
At age 60, Lennox was the oldest female performer of the night. Madonna was the second oldest at 56, but with a set that relied heavily on her Gaultier bustier, an army of backup dancers, and a Matador-theme, instead of her vocals—there was no comparison. Given Lennox’s age, last night may have been the first time an entire generation of music fans were introducted to the 80s icon. The Scottish-born singer rose to fame when she teamed up with Dave Stewart to form the Eurythmics in the early 80s. With a fierce,androgynous style and tunes like Sweet Dreams and Here Comes the Rain Again that captured the electronic pop spirit of the decade, they were an instant hit. Lennox went on to launch a solo career in 1992 and was named one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. With four Grammys an Oscar, and the distinction of having sold over 80 million albums—Lennox is the real deal. Her latest album Nostalgia features powerful covers of classic jazz and blues hits, but we can’t wait for more original tunes. Last night, Lennox definitely showed a whole new generation how it’s done.