Elton John has been awarded the best acknowledgement within the New Yr Honours record.

The record, which was drawn up and permitted throughout Theresa Might’s premiership, rewards a lineup of well-known figures from the worlds of artwork and sport. However the overwhelming majority (72%) of the 1,097 to be recognised had been individuals who work of their communities.

The ‘Rocketman’ singer was awarded the Companion of Honour for a exceptional profession spanning greater than 5 many years, by which he has offered greater than 300 million information worldwide, and used his fame to advertise the work of 23 charities, together with his personal Aids basis.


He turns into one among solely 64 folks other than the monarch who can maintain the honour at anyone time.

“I’m humbled and honoured to be amongst such extremely esteemed firm in receiving the Companion of Honour. 2019 has turned out to be a really great yr for me and I really feel terribly blessed,” John tweeted.

One other huge entertainer on the record was Queen’s Roger Taylor, who was awarded an OBE. Greatest generally known as the drummer of the Freddie Mercury-fronted band, Taylor has campaigned for the notice of Aids, launched a musical that includes Queen’s biggest hits and is among the few residing folks to seem on a Royal Mail stamp.

Olivia Newton-John was made a dame for companies to charity, most cancers analysis and leisure. The British-born singer, campaigner and actor, is greatest recognized for starring within the film Grease.

After being identified with breast most cancers, she turned a campaigner and in 2012 arrange a most cancers centre close to Melbourne.


“I’m extraordinarily excited, honoured and grateful past phrases to be included with such an esteemed group of ladies who’ve obtained this distinguished award earlier than me,” she stated.

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Sam Mendes. CREDIT: Mike Marsland/WireImage

Elsewhere, British director Sam Mendes was knighted for his work in movie and theatre. Mendes, who has directed two James Bond motion pictures in addition to numerous theatre productions, stated he was “amazed, delighted and very proud.”

Director Steve McQueen, who obtained worldwide recognition in 2014 for his Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave, was additionally knighted.

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody was amongst nearly 100 folks from Northern Eire to function on the record. He turns into an OBE for companies to music and charity.

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Gary Lightbody. CREDIT: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage

Lightbody based the charitable organisation the Lightbody Basis, which makes donations to charities in Northern Eire. It has helped teams selling dementia care as nicely charities protecting sectors together with psychological well being, particular academic wants and younger folks.

Graphic designer Peter Saville, recognized for designing cowl artwork for Joy Division and New Order, was awarded a CBE.

In the meantime, the first handwritten draft of the lyrics to Elton John‘s ‘Your Song’, written by his lifelong collaborator Bernie Taupin, have been sold at auction for £180,000.

Maxine Taupin, who was married to Bernie from 1971 to 1976 and the inspiration for ‘Tiny Dancer’, put quite a lot of the lyricist’s drafts up for public sale at Bonhams in Los Angeles.