Annie Lennox wowed audience at the American Music Awards with an emotionally-charged performance - just three months after undergoing successful spinal surgery.
The former Eurythmics singer was ordered to endure six months of physiotherapy before doctors expected her to walk properly again - after determining she was suffering from an impinged nerve in August (08).
Lennox's contributions to music were marked before her rousing performance on Sunday (23Nov08) - when she was presented the Award of Merit at the 36th Annual AMAs in Los Angeles - lifting the star-studded audience to their feet.
Standing to take a bow, she was presented the award by pop superstar Justin Timberlake: "The Award of Merit is being given tonight to an artist who means a lot to me personally. There are certain musicians that other musicians love, and she is one of those special artists, held in the highest regard by her peers.
"l love that she's always been on the cutting edge of fashion, she's always looked so so cool and taught us how to look cool. Then there's her humanitarian work. She's been an activist for just causes all over the world, mostly in silent ways that you've never even heard about. She does this from her heart, motivated purely by love."
Imploring the audience to sit, Lennox added, "It's been an incredible journey - music, my friends, my accompaniment through my life, so much of my life. Much of that was with Dave Stewart, of the Eurythmics and it is very important that I say half of the award goes to Dave also.
"Thank you so much for this. I never thought that I would live to see the day that I could be 53-years-old, standing on the stage and so many people have inspired me in this experience and too many to mention."
Lennox joins a long list of music legends including Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Paul MCCartney and Whitney Houston, who've also been honoured with the award.