EMI Group chairman Eric Nicoli was recognized in Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours list, published Saturday (June 17). Nicoli was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for ser

EMI Group chairman Eric Nicoli was recognized in Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours list, published Saturday (June 17). Nicoli was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the music industry.

"This is an honor which I share with all those at EMI who have worked so hard with me over the past seven years," Nicoli said in a statement issued today (June 20). "I feel very fortunate to work in a dynamic industry with immensely talented people and I'll always try to play my part in supporting and developing it."

Rolf Harris, the iconic Australian-born entertainer, was also made a CBE for services to entertainment and the arts. Harris, who has forged a career in Britain as a broadcaster, painter and singing star, has had a string of U.K. chart hits including the No. 1 single "Two Little Boys" (Columbia) from 1969. He is already an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

British R&B singer Beverley Knight becomes an MBE for services to music.

Queen Elizabeth chooses the award recipients on the advice of the prime minister and other relevant ministers.