27 years after Elton John first received the honor, his long-term musical partner Bernie Taupin has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II with the same prestigious award. In the queen’s annual New Year’s honors list, Bernie was made a CBE — Commander of the Order of the British Empire — in recognition of his “exceptional services to music.” A CBE is one step below a knighthood. Elton was made a CBE in 1995, and was subsequently knighted in 1998, which why he’s now called Sir Elton John. “Congratulations to my lyricist extraordinaire on his C.B.E that was announced today!” Elton wrote on Instagram. “I love you and you so deserve this recognition.” In the comments, Bernie replied “Thanks my darling friend. It’s all a bit ironic isn’t it.” Other music legends who are CBEs include Queen‘s Brian May, Led Zeppelin‘s Robert Plant, Sting and the Bee Gees. Meanwhile, Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, aka Scary Spice of the Spice Girls, was made an MBE — a Member of the Order of the British Empire. However, she wasn’t honored for her music, but for her work with Women’s Aid, a charity that helps “vulnerable women,” specifically victims of domestic violence. Other pop stars who’ve received MBEs include Ed Sheeran, Adele and The Beatles.
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