Sinéad O’Connor, A Tribute In Pictures

Sinéad O’Connor, A Tribute In Pictures

The Irish singer will be remembered for her unique voice and activism

Sinéad O’Connor performs at Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands, in March, 1988. (Photograph: Paul Bergen/Redferns)

Acclaimed Dublin singer Sinéad O’Connor, whose death was announced on Tuesday, released 10 studio albums, while her song Nothing Compares 2 U was named the number one world single in 1990 by the Billboard Music Awards.

At Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in March, 1988. (Photograph: Paul Bergen/Redferns)
Performing at the Glastonbury festival in 1990. (Photograph: Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images)
Sinéad O’Connor and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders in London for the fourth United Nations Global Conference on Women. (Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire)
Sinéad O’Connor with Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain accompanied by his wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain at the 10th Annual MTV Video Music Awards in 1994. (Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Sinéad O’Connor appeared numerous times on The Late Late Show, including Gay Byrne’s final show in May, 1999. (Photograph: David Conachy/Independent News and Media/Getty Images)
Sinéad O’Connor and Gay Byrne during his final Late Late Show in 1999. (Photograph: David Conachy/Independent News and Media/Getty Images)
Sinéad O’Connor rips a picture of Pope John Paul II on US TV show Saturday Night Live in October, 1992. (Photograph: AP Photo/NBC-TV)
(Photograph: AP Photo/NBC-TV)
Performing at the Pinkpop festival in Landgraaf, the Netherlands, in June, 1995. (Photograph: Paul Bergen/Redferns)
At the Glastonbury Festival in 1992. (Photograph: Nick Wall/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Sinéad O’Connor and her brother, Joe, at the launch of his book, Ghost Light, at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in March, 2011. (Photograph: James Horan/Collins)
Performing at the opening of the Dublin Convention Centre in September 2010. (Photograph: James Horan/Collins)
Performing at the Oxegen Music festival at Punchestown racecourse, County Kildare, in 2007. (Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Sinead O’Connor receives the Classic Irish Album award for I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize at Vicar Street in March 2023. (Photograph: Kieran Frost/Redferns)
Sinéad O’Connor performing in the Netherlands in 1989. (Photograph: Michel Linssen/Redferns)
Sinéad O’Connor at her home in Wicklow, in May, 2021, marking the upcoming publication of her memoir Rememberings. (Photograph: Ellius Grace/The New York Times)
Sinéad O’Connor at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles in February, 2020. (Photograph: Lindsey Best for the Washington Post)

A fearless activist, Sinéad used her platform as an artist to speak out on many social and political issues. She challenged norms and often sparked controversy, but it was this fiery spirit and her profound vulnerability that made her music so resonant. She leaves behind a rich musical legacy and an indelible cultural impact, one rooted in courage, integrity, and extraordinary talent.

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