Elton John wins highest accolade in new year honours list

Elton John wins highest accolade in new year honours list

Sir Elton John has received the highest acknowledgement in a new year honours list in which hundreds of ordinary people were recognised alongside household names from sport, the arts, entertainment and politics.

The singer and songwriter was awarded the Companion of Honour for a remarkable career spanning more than five decades, in which he has sold more than 300m records worldwide, and used his fame to promote the work of 23 charities, including his own Aids foundation. He becomes one of only 64 people apart from the monarch who can hold the honour at any one time.

The musician tweeted: “I’m humbled and honoured to be among such highly esteemed company in receiving the Companion of Honour. 2019 has turned out to be a truly wonderful year for me and I feel extraordinarily blessed.”

The honours list, which was drawn up and approved during Theresa May’s premiership, rewards a glittering lineup of well-known figures from arts and sport. But the vast majority (72%) of the 1,097 to be recognised were people who work in their communities.

[From Sandra Laville & Peter Walker at The Guardian]

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