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Sinead O'Connor

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
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Profession: Singer-Songwriter


Why Famous: Rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. Achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U".

Born: December 8, 1966
Birthplace: Glenageary, Ireland
Age: 54 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Biography: Sinead O'Connor (1966-) is an Irish singer-songerwriter whose 1990 cover of Nothing Compares 2 U was a worldwide hit.

Despite several albums and various other musical projects since, her success with this song has not been repeated.However she has managed to stay in the public eye by making controversial statements about religion and politics.

In a 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II while chanting the word “evil”, ostensibly as a protest against child abuse in the Catholic church. Controversy followed. (OnThisDay.com)

Married Life

  • 2011-12-09 "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer Sinead O'Connor (45) weds Irish therapist Barry Herridge (38) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Historical Events

  • 1990-05-12 Nora Dunn and Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew Dice Clay's hosting which was perceived as sexist; the show uses a time delay for the third time in its history
  • 1990-06-09 Red Hot Organization releases music album "Red Hot + Blue" featuring contemporary pop stars (including U2; Annie Lennox; Thompson Twins; Sinéad O'Connor; Tom Waits) performing songs of Cole Porter to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV
  • 1990-09-06 7th MTV Video Music Awards: Sinead O'Connor wins
  • 1992-10-03 Sinead O'Connor rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on "Saturday Night Live"
  • 2018-10-26 Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor announces she has converted to Islam