Joan Armatrading CBE
The Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 went to British musical legend Joan Armatrading CBE. A three-time Grammy Award nominee, Armatrading has also been nominated twice for the Best Female Artist BRIT Award, and received an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection in 1996. In a recording career spanning nearly 50 years, Armatrading has released 19 studio albums, as well as several live albums and compilations.
Joan Armatrading said, “Thank you. I’m glad I’ve lived long enough to receive a lifetime achievement award from Women of the Year and I have to say yes, I was President of Women of the Year. It’s really an honour for me to accept this award because Tony Lothian was a visionary and she had the brilliant idea of honouring very ordinary women who have done extraordinary things. From founding the first children’s hospice, to making new laws that protect women and other people. From meeting somebody like Vera Lynn who had sung to the soldiers in the war and at 100 years old having a hit record. Who does that?! It’s an amazing organisation and I’m really proud to have been a part of it and to have been able to have been a part of highlighting some of the women that Women of the Year have shown to the world. So thank you very much. It is my pleasure to accept this. Thank you.”