Dame Shirley Bassey Headlines New Year Honours List Alongside Jilly Cooper and Michael Eavis

Dame Shirley Bassey’s Prestigious Honour

The legendary 86-year-old singer, Dame Shirley Bassey, has been appointed a Companion of Honour in the New Year Honours, placing her among esteemed figures such as Sir Paul McCartney and Dame Maggie Smith.

This recognition acknowledges achievements that are destined to endure for a century.

Bassey’s Storied Career and Humble Reaction

Renowned as the ‘Girl from Tiger Bay’, Dame Shirley expressed feeling ‘truly humbled’ upon receiving this honour for her contributions to music.

Her illustrious career, spanning over 70 years, includes multiple performances at the Royal Albert Hall and being the first woman to chart albums in the UK top 40 across seven decades.

Notable Figures in the Arts Recognized

The New Year Honours list also acknowledges other figures in the arts, featuring author Jilly Cooper’s elevation to a dame for her literary and charitable contributions.

Glastonbury co-founder Michael Eavis receives a knighthood for his significant contributions to music and philanthropy.

Emilia Clarke and Paul Hollywood among Awardees

Actress Emilia Clarke, known for her role in Game of Thrones, receives an MBE for establishing a brain injury charity, while Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood is made an MBE for his services to baking and broadcasting.

A Diverse Range of Honorees

The New Year Honours list spans a wide spectrum, honoring individuals like film director Sir Ridley Scott, radio personalities Tony Blackburn and Steve Wright, as well as authors such as Felicity Dahl, Alexander McCall Smith, Kate Mosse, and Gregory Doran.

Game of Thrones actor Oliver Ford Davies and lyricist Don Black are also among the recognized recipients.

Acknowledgement Across Varied Fields

The honours list celebrates excellence in literature, film, broadcasting, art, music, and philanthropy, recognizing stalwarts and emerging figures who have significantly impacted their respective fields.

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