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Pete Tong becomes an MBE

By | Published on Tuesday 31 December 2013

Pete Tong

So, it’s that time of year when celebrities you like disappoint you slightly by accepting a nonsense honour from the political establishment, by which I mean, hurrah and hurray the Queen’s New Year Honours have been announced.

And though plenty of people are being honoured for their services to music this time round, there are actually very few famous music-types on the list. Most prominent is probably Radio 1 DJ and all round EDM champion Pete Tong, who becomes an MBE for his services to both music and broadcasting.

Confirming the honour, Tong told CMU: “It’s great to receive this honour for being a DJ. I’m proud that it acknowledges a profession that I care about a great deal, and one that’s made a huge impact around the world. I’d like to thank BBC Radio 1 for its unerring commitment to dance and electronic music and for supporting and encouraging me for over two decades”.

“I’d like to thank all the club promoters in the UK and around the world for their passion and commitment to putting on amazing events and the artists, producers and DJs that have been making and innovating with the music. This wouldn’t have happened without so many great tunes. Finally, to my family and team who have supported me on this journey in so many ways – thank you”.

Elsewhere, classical pop lady Katherine Jenkins has been made an OBE, and composer and conductor ‪Peter Maxwell Davies‬, already a knight, a CBE and the Master Of The Queen’s Music, receives a Companion of Honour. And why not? Well done one and all.