By Meredith Lepore
Updated Dec 25, 2014 @ 7:15 am
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Happy birthday to Annie Lennox! The Eurythmics singer turns 60 today.

As a teen, the Scottish native studied the flute at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she met guitarist Dave Stewart. Together they went on to form Eurythmics, the band that gave us such massive '80s hits as "Sweet Dreams," "Here Comes the Rain Again," and the soul-infused "Would I Lie to You." Lennox also pursued a solo career her 1992 album, Diva, sold over 2 million copies in the U.S., and was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. And in 2004, she earned an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Into the West" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The mother of two has been an activist her entire professional life and is particularly accomplished in raising awareness and money for HIV and AIDS. In 2011, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her "tireless charity campaigns and championing of humanitarian causes."

Also a style icon with her notable short hair and bold fashion choices, Lennox has made some major statements on the red carpet. She told Interview, "Fashion is about selling. Fashion is about what's in. Style is independent of that; style is individual."