Annie Lennox Talks Feminism, The American Songbook on ‘Nostalgia’

Sunday night at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Annie Lennox will take the stage in support of her latest album, Nostalgia. It’s nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, which is perhaps not a category her fans would have pictured Lennox being nominated in back in the ’80s when she led the trailblazing new wave duo the Eurythmics.

On Nostalgia, she subtly adds new shades on some of the most iconic songs of all time, which frankly, have been over-covered through the decades. For example: do you really know what George Gershwin’s “Summertime” is about? Lennox’s delivery brings the message home the way few others could. She also recasts “I Put a Spell On You,” a song that’s been covered hundreds of times, and makes you hear it in a new light.

She also spoke about the feminism, Eurythmics, and what it’s like to perform a Beatles song in front of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

 

Radio.com: “I Put A Spell On You” was an interesting song for you to cover. It’s been done so many times.

Annie Lennox: Well, you know the original song written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, I mean, it’s extraordinary in its machismo power and its madness. There’s nothing like that song, and I felt that if I was to do a version of it, that it would be the female response to that machismo power, you know? And so, I just entered into it in that spirit.

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