Queen Elizabeth’s New Year Honors List Revealed

Annie Lennox

The Queen’s annual honors list was released today, reports The BBC. But Simon Cowell didn’t make the cut.

There was much speculation that the 51-year-old music mogul would be knighted for his huge contributions to the world of music and entertainment. Instead, Annie Lennox was the most recognized name among the roster of entertainers. The Eurythmics singer was honored with an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for calling attention to Africa’s AIDS and poverty epidemic through her SING organization.

“As somewhat of a renegade, it either means I’ve done something terribly right – or they’ve done something terribly wrong,” Lennox said. “In any case, whatever powers-that-be have deemed me worthy of such a recognition, I’m getting my fake leopard pillbox hat dusted and ready.”

In addition to Lennox, Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell (Shakespeare In Love, The Aviator) and songwriter and former Fairport Convention member Richard Thompson both received an OBE. Music producer Trevor Horn, the bespectacled Buggles frontman and singer behind “Video Killed the Radio Star,” earned a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).

Sheila Hancock

English actress Sheila Hancock has enjoyed 50-plus years in film, television, and theater and some of her BBC television credits include The Rag Trade, Now Take My Wife and The Bed-Sit Girl. Most recently, she appeared in Sister Act the Musical in London’s West End in 2009. The 77-year-old BAFTA-nominated star was quite surprised to be appointed a CBE.

“It is lovely, really lovely,” Hancock said. “I’m surprised how pleased I am.”

She added: “I got a letter saying the Prime Minister’s office was going to ask the Queen to consider me and I immediately thought she would say no.”

British fashion designer Alice Temperley, who’s dressed some of the world’s top celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell, Kate Hudson, and Sarah Jessica Parker and Prince William‘s bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).

British Conservative Party politician Peter Bottomley can now be referred as “Sir” after being knighted for his public service efforts. Labour Party member Anne Begg has been deemed a “Dame” for her equal opportunity initiatives and her work with the disabled.

To learn how individuals are considered for such honors, check out the UK government’s thorough description here. And check The BBC for the complete list of honors.