Ray Davies, legendary frontman for The Kinks, has officially been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his notable services to the arts.
"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," he said of the immense accolade.
This isn't the first time that the monarchy have honoured Davies; in 2004 he was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). He joins the likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bono, Bob Geldof, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and Elton John in the recognition, although others, like David Bowie and John Lennon, have refused the honor.
Others included in the annual New Years Honours list included tennis player Andy Murray, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (who received an OBE for her contributions to fashion, not music -- which seems important to point out.)
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