Universal Music Group International chairman and chief executive Lucian Grainge heads the U.K. music biz names, ranging from film composers to veteran rockers, on the Queen’s traditional New Year Honors List.

Grainge is named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the creative industries. In a statement, he said, “To receive the CBE from Her Majesty the Queen is a very proud moment for me and my family. I’m truly honoured.”

The Queen hands out the honors each year to reward excellence shown by individuals across the various sectors of British industry and culture.

Grainge oversees all operations of UMGI, which manages Universal Music Group’s wholly-owned businesses in more than 50 countries outside North America.

He was appointed to the post in July 2005 by UMG Chairman/CEO Doug Morris, to whom he reports. Grainge was previously chairman/CEO of Universal Music U.K. from 2001-2008, having joined the Universal fold in 1986 when he launched
PolyGram Music Publishing U.K.

The executive celebrated his 30th anniversary in the business in 2008, when he received the Music Industry Trusts’ Award, joining a line-up of previous recipients which include Sir George Martin, Harvey Goldsmith, the late Ahmet Ertegun, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Classical music was well-represented on the list, with other CBEs awarded to mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, pianist Peter Donohoe and Scottish conductor James Loughran.

Musicians from a different background were also honored. The co-founders of veteran British rock band Status Quo, guitarists/vocalists Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, were each made Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music and charity

Composer Craig Armstrong was also made an OBE for services to music. Armstrong’s compositions include award-winning musical scores for the films “Moulin Rouge!” “Ray” and “The Quiet American.”

Fellow British composer Rachel Portman, who won an Academy award in 1996 for her score to “Emma,” also received an OBE. Other OBEs went to: British Record Industry Trust chairman John Craig (for services to music and charity) and principal conductor, Ulster Orchestra Kenneth Montgomery (for services to music in Northern Ireland).

A number of other music names were named Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). They include veteran British rock’n’roller Jet Harris, formerly of the Shadows, Welsh harpist Jennifer Jones Doolan and Maurice Murphy, principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra between 1977 and 2007, all for services to music.

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