Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty ImagesYou can call him Sir Ray now! The Kinks frontman Ray Davies was honored with a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II as part of the 2017 edition of the U.K. monarch’s annual New Year Honours list.
The 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is being recognized “for services to the arts.” After hearing about the honor, BBC News reports, Davies said, “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”
In 2004, the singer was acknowledged by the Queen with the less prestigious CBE honor, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
In response to Ray’s knighthood, his brother, founding Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, posted a message on his Facebook page that reads, “I’m happy for my brother.”
Among the other British celebrities recognized by the Queen in her 2017 New Year Honours list were Bridge of Spies actor Mark Rylance, who also was knighted; former Spice Girls member Victoria Beckham, who was named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or OBE, “for services to the fashion industry”; and ’60s pop star Marty Wilde, who was honored as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or MBE, for services to popular music.
Other British music stars who have been knighted over the years include Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Van Morrison and Rod Stewart.
Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.