Legendary Irish singer-songwriter, six-time Grammy Award winner, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Van Morrison has now been awarded the UK’s highest and coolest-sounding honor: a knighthood. You may now address him as Sir Van Morrison (or Sir George Ivan Morrison, I guess).
“Throughout my career I have always preferred to let my music speak for me, and it is a huge honour to now have that body of work recognised in this way,” the notoriously reclusive artist said. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans who have supported me on my musical journey.”
Other recipients of Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Birthday Honours include English actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who were granted CBEs (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), and American actor Kevin Spacey, who was granted an honorary knighthood (which means that he won’t be able to call himself “Sir Kevin Spacey,” unfortunately).