Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading was honored yesterday (Oct. 15) at Buckingham Palace in London for her services to music. The 50-year-old performer, who grew up in Birmingham, England, became an MB

Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading was honored yesterday (Oct. 15) at Buckingham Palace in London for her services to music. The 50-year-old performer, who grew up in Birmingham, England, became an MBE, or Member of the Order of British Empire, at a palace ceremony with Prince Charles.

"It was absolutely brilliant -- it is an honor," Armatrading said. "I was particularly pleased to have been given this award by Prince Charles. I just think he is a great guy and he has done such incredible work with the Prince's Trust [charitable organization]."

Another celebrity, photographer David Bailey, 63, became a Commander of the Order of British Empire. "The Prince of Wales said he was glad to see me and I said it is about time," Bailey joked. "It was great. It was really like a piece of history."


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