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" I don't get easily bored. I'm not that kind of person. "
" I'm not over the top; I'm not wacky. I'm fairly understated, and that reflects in the way I sing. "
" I just aspire to pick people up. That's my ambition. "
" When you play arenas you can create whatever you want. At a theater the height of the stage and the limitations of the theater can make you feel more separate from the audience. "
" I've got absolutely no real perception, properly, of time. "
" When I go into the studio, I completely detach. I let my emotions come out. "
" Once a song's out there, it's no longer mine. And that's the whole purpose of music: to belong to people. "
" I love writing songs. "
" I can't see myself just endlessly singing the same songs over and over again. "
" I'm not shy or reclusive. I just spend my time with people rather than journalists. "
" I have no technical training and am completely uneducated in music. "
" I'm not anti-fashion, but I've always had a bit of a punk attitude. That's important, I think. I do my own thing. "
" My daughter and stepson are really broad-minded. "
" I look a lot like my father and his mother. "
" I've never associated myself with other singers, certainly not female singers. "
" To be a mother you must be strong. Even if you don't feel it, you have to pretend. "
" I am fairly classless because it is very difficult to class someone who comes from a mixed marriage. "
" Whatever I'm doing, I'm in that moment and I'm doing it. The rest of the world's lost. If I'm cooking some food or making soup, I want it to be lovely. If not, what's the point of doing it? "
" I am a reluctant celebrity, in some ways. "
" I always see myself as much more of a musician than a celebrity. "
" I always said that if I could just find a guy who could chop wood and had a nice smile, it wouldn't bother me if he was a thug or an aristocrat, as long as he was a good guy. And I've ended up with an educated thug. "
" There isn't a class structure in Nigeria; there's a tribal structure and prestige as far as money is concerned. "
" I'm uneasy with fame so I do my best to avoid places that will bring me more attention. "
" If you're only making an album every 10 years, it better be good. "
" I think you only really feel like an outsider if you've been an insider. "