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Kylie Minogue honoured in New Year's Honours list (2007)

Kylie Minogue

Story by Jack Foley

SINGER and actress Kylie Minogue is among the musical figures honoured by the Queen in this year’s New Year Honours list.

The 39-year-old pop queen, who has made a spectacular comeback following cancer treatment, was made an OBE and said she was “deeply touched” to have even been considered.

In fact, the Australian-born Minogue said she was “almost as surprised as I am honoured”.

And speaking from her home in Melbourne, she told the BBC: “I feel deeply touched to be acknowledged by the UK, my adopted home, in this way.

“This last year I have felt so much love and support from everyone as I took greater steps back into the public domain and it is with absolute gratitude and joy that I say farewell to 2007 and look forward to what the New Year will bring.”

Ironically, January 2008 will mark the 20th anniversary of Kylie’s first UK hit, I Should Be So Lucky, which reached number one.

Back then, Kylie was best known for her role in Australian soap opera Neighbours but branched out into singing and acting, with a string of music hits and a few movie roles.

Most recently, and post-cancer treatment, she has released a new album X (her tenth in total), announced plans for a full European tour (including four nights in London) and appeared in the Dr Who Christmas special, which attracted a record audience.

Other musical honours

Other New Year’s Honours recipients in the music industry included former Proms concerts director Nicholas Kenyon, who is knighted, and jazz pianist and composer Stan Tracey, who is due to turn 81 on Sunday (January 30, 2007). He becomes a CBE.

Soul II Soul musician Jazzie B – born Beresford Romeo – is made an OBE and Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson is made an MBE after 45 year successful years in the industry.

Martin Mills, founder of the Beggars Group of independent labels, is also made an MBE, while gig promoter Graham Pullen – organiser of last July’s hugely popular Concert for Diana – is to be presented with the Member of the Royal Victorian Order medal, for services to the Queen.

Sir Ian McKellen honoured