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Annie Lennox calls for a cease-fire in Gaza during Grammys performance

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aIn the first major awards season statement about the war in Gaza and Israel, singer Annie Lennox ended her tribute performance of Sinead O’Connor’s  “Nothing Compares 2 U” by raising her fist and saying “Artists for cease-fire. Peace in the world.”

Annie Lennox calls for a ceasefire at the #GRAMMYs:

“Artists for ceasefire. Peace in the world.”

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— Pop Base (@PopBase) February 5, 2024

Lennox, known for her activism was previously married to Israeli film producer Uri Fruchtmann, with whom she has two daughters, who she has described as “half-Israeli.” She has been a vocal critic of Israel, referring to the country’s actions in Gaza during the 2008 and 2009 war as a “pornography of destruction,” and marched in antiwar demonstrations at the time. 

Lennox’s Instagram page has been sharing many posts of scenes from Gaza; her most recent was a censored photo of a person appearing to lie dead while cats surrounded the body. 

“The situation is beyond anything I’ve ever known, or would ever wish to know,” Lennox wrote. “I am devastated and heartbroken by everything that’s taking place.”

Prior to Lennox’s statement, awards shows like the Golden Globes and Emmys had been short on statements about the war, which began after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack. Some celebrities, like Succession’s J. Smith-Cameron, were seen sporting yellow ribbons to raise awareness for the hostages held in Gaza.

Boygenius, the trio that won awards before the televised ceremony, were seen wearing pins with an insignia for “Artists for a Ceasefire.” On the red carpet, social media personality singer-songwriter Montanna Tucker, whose grandparents were Holocaust survivors, wore a large fabric yellow ribbon with the words “Bring Them Home” on the front. Later in the evening, Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, mentioned the victims of the Supernova music festival while a quartet, revealed to be musicians of Israeli, Palestinian  and Arab descent, played together.

Many viewers noted that they felt it was apt that Lennox made this statement while paying tribute to O’Connor, whose career faced challenges after she tore up a picture of the Pope during an SNL performance and who once planned a concert for peace in Israel. The man behind that concert’s cancellation — O’Connor faced death threats — was none other than a then 21-year-old Itamar Ben-Gvir, now Israel’s minister of national security.

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