Reclusive singer joins sports and entertainment stars to be made a CBE in Queen's annual ceremony
Michael Baggs

11:02 29th December 2012

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Kate Bush has been named among the Queen's New Years Honours list for services to music. She will become Kate Bush CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).

The reclusive star has been named among a small number of names from the entertainment world, and is the only pop musician to make the list. Violinist Nicola Bendetti has been named an MBE.

Other big names on the list include Hollywood actor Ewan MacGregor, who will be awarded an OBE and Dancing On Ice judge Arlene Phillips, who will also receive a CBE. After the success of London 2012, a number of sports stars make the list, including Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Victoria Pendleton.

Speaking of her CBE, Kate Bush said in a statement: "I feel deeply honoured to be included in this list. It’s a great surprise and I’m really delighted. Thanks to everyone who’s encouraged and supported my work over the years."

Kate Bush has been named as CBE in the Queen's New Years Honours list

Kate Bush released two albums in 2011 and returned to the UK Top Ten in 2012 after her track 'Running Up That Hill' was used in the Olympics closing ceremony.

Bush was reported to have refused an invitation to perform at the closing ceremony, along with the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols and David Bowie.

Watch 'Running Up That Hill' from the Olympics closing ceremony below.

Below: the bonkers female stars inspired by Kate Bush

  • M.I.A.: Yes, she performed with Madonna at the Superbowl this year, but we still love her. Why? Because the video for 2010''s ''Born Free'' is a nine minute epic allegory of the Sri Lankan army''s murder of Tamil Tiger males, and was banned from MTV and Youtube. That''s why.

  • Fiona Apple: The vegan star and former girlfriend of David Blaine won a Grammy for her 1998 single ''Criminal'', and is still making outstanding music now. Watch the video for her latest single ''Every Single Night'', it%u2019s choc-a-bloc with giant snails and cow-headed men.

  • K.D. Lang. The Canadian country singer received massive acclaim for her hit ''Constant Craving'', winning the Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. K.D. Lang''s hometown is in the heart of the Alberta''s cattle ranching industry, so her animal rights campaign ''Meat Stinks'' lead to extended controversy.

  • Bat for Lashes: Natasha Kahn has just announced the upcoming release of her third album ''The Haunted Man''. The cover art is a photo of the singer posing naked with a naked man across her shoulders. She''s got a great bod, and lead single ''Laura'' suggests the album is going to be one of bonkers brilliance.

  • Regina Spektor: The American singer/songwriter is best known for her associating with New York''s anti-folk scene and her 2004 album Soviet Kitsch. Spektor has been quoted as saying that she wants to write a classics like the Beatles'' ''Yesterday'', but weird songs about stuff in her fridge keep coming into her head - she can''t help it.

  • PJ Harvey: The British singer/songwriter won last year''s Mercury Music Prize for her album ''Let England Shake'', ten years after winning the same award for album ''Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea''. Nick Cave''s former muse also has two albums that feature on Rolling Stone''s best of all-time list.

  • Bjork: The Icelandic solo artist is responsible for the incredible, insane tracks, ''Venus as a Boy'' and ''Hyperballad'' to name just two. Plus, in the amazing video for ''All Is Full of Love'', her face is superimposed onto the head of a lesbian robot. She turns up to awards ceremonies dressed as swans. Records albums with no instruments. Release albums through iPhone apps. NEED WE GO ON?

  • Tori Amos: The American singer''s first world tour featured 142 performances, and all she took to each gig was one keyboard; she would only use a piano if the venue could provide it. By 2005 Amos had sold 12 million albums, and during her career she has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, with the first and last being seven years apart.

  • Feist: Aside from her work with Broken Social Scene, it was Feist''s 2007 single ''1234'' the pushed the Canadian artist into the music mainstream.

  • Karen O: The frontwoman of New York band The Yeah Yeah Yeahs is not only a musical icon, but she also contributed a selection of animal noises to numerous tracks on the Flaming Lips'' album, Embryonic. Awesome.

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