Being Knighted by the Queen of England, what an honour!
Here are some FM96 musicians who have been Knighted or given a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), the highest honor below a Knight.
Sir Mick Jagger
This week in 2000 reports suggested Mick was going to be Knighted but he LOST the opportunity because Prime Minister Tony Blair had doubts about his ‘errant ways’ and family values.
December 2003, Mick Jagger was made a Knight Bachelor by The Prince of Wales for his services to music regardless.
He recieved CBE Honours in 2009 for “services to popular music”.
David Bowie declined knighthood in 2003, as the story goes. It was rumoured he also refused a CBE. When he was asked why he turned it down,
While most of these names are being rewarded for their contribution to music, Bono is also awarded here for his humanitarian work and contribution to music.
“Because he’s Irish, Bono can’t be called Sir, which is rather a blessing as “Sir Bono” sounds ridiculous. Alternating from rock rebel, to Christian, to world savior, Bono, born Paul David Hewson, is famous for the politically motivated songs Sunday, Bloody Sunday, about a British army massacre of Irish civil rights protesters, and Pride, his tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Bono has since toned down the politics, concentrating more on philanthropic works. Although he loves asking people to part with their hard-earned cash, he has apparently never disclosed his own donation habits. He campaigns for third-world debt relief and tries to convince governments to donate more tax money to end poverty. Yet the multi-millionaire activist was criticized in 2006 (prior to his knighthood) for moving his business out of Ireland to avoid paying extra taxes. Hardly chivalrous behavior for a knight-to-be, Mr. Bono.
Elton John was knighted for his services to music and charity in 1998. He’s possibly the first widely known “alternative lifestyle” knight. The pop star has worked hard for AIDS charities since the 1980s, and a successful four-decade career has earned him a prestigious collection of accolades, including an Oscar, six Grammys and a Golden Globe. It was no surprise when John was included in the honors list. His tribute to close friend Princess Diana is legendary, and the song Candle in the Wind, 1997, became a worldwide bestseller. How could the country avoid giving him a knighthood? Although possibly politically motivated, Elton deserves to be honored for his music alone, according to die-hard fans. But it’s interesting that this came so soon after Diana’s death and the criticism directed at the royal family’s public reaction.