At a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, two legendary British musicians were awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
Annie Lennox, former Eurythmics member, received an OBE for her charity work fighting AIDS and poverty in Africa. “It’s quite magical,” she told the BBC. “It’s really meaningful to me that it’s for charity work. To get this acknowledgement means people are listening.”
A five-month exhibition of Lennox’s life and inspirations will be displayed at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum beginning Sept. 15.
Richard Thompson was also awarded an OBE for his “singular and substantial” contribution to music. The artist has been covered by the likes of Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Alison Krauss and Bonnie Raitt.
Thompson is also set for a solo tour this fall. Check out the dates below.
26 – Vienna, Va. @ Wolf Trap
27 – Baltimore, Md. @ Festival Pier
2 – Lowell, Mass. @ Lowell Music series
3 – Charlestown, R.I. @ Rhythm & Roots Festival
10 – Champaign, Ill. @ Ellnora Guitar Festival