Elton John, Olivia Newton-John Named to Queen’s New Year’s Honours List - EpicNews

Elton John, Olivia Newton-John, Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Finest Image Oscar-winning British administrators Sam Mendes and Steve McQueen had been among the many almost 1,100 individuals acknowledged by Queen Elizabeth’s annual New Year’s Honours List.

Sir Elton John, who was beforehand knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 1998, was elevated to the honors system’s highest degree, Companion of Honor; solely 65 individuals can maintain that honor at one time, CNN reports.

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

The British-born Newton-John, who turned an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1979, shall be made a dame for “providers to charity, most cancers analysis and leisure.”

“I’m extraordinarily excited, honored and grateful past phrases to be included with such an esteemed group of ladies who’ve acquired this distinguished award earlier than me,” Newton-John mentioned in an announcement.

Taylor acquired an OBE for providers to music, whereas each McQueen and Mendes shall be honored with knighthood for his or her work.

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One other notable artists that acquired New 12 months’s Honours embody Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody, who was made an OBE for his providers to music and charity in Northern Eire, graphic designer Peter Saville, who created album covers for Pleasure Division, New Order, acquired a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and singer Billy Ocean and the Searchers’ Mike Pender turned Members of the Order of the British Empire, the BBC reports.