Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason on U.K. 2019 Honours List

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Nick Mason performing with his band, Saucerful of Secrets, May 24, 2018, London (Photo: Jill Furmanovsky; used with permission)

Nick Mason, the drummer and co-founder of Pink Floyd was awarded a CBE on the New Year’s Honours list 2019, announced on December 28, 2018. The annual awards recognizes the “outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom.”

Among those also honored include Lesley Lawson, the model, actress and singer, better known as Twiggy, who received damehood for services to fashion, the arts and charity; and Michael Palin, of Monty Python fame, who received knighthood, for services to travel, culture and geography.

From the official announcement: “This honours list continues to demonstrate the breadth of service given by people from all backgrounds from all across the U.K.” In June, the annual Queen’s Birthday honours are revealed. For the 2019 New Years list, 1,148 people received an award including 43 for “those involved in the response to the major terrorist incidents of 2017.”

Mason received his honor for services to music. CBE stands for Commander of the Order of the British Empire. It is “awarded for having a prominent but lesser role at national level, or a leading role at regional level.” The honor is below full knighthood or damehood. The types of honors are explained here.

In 2018, classic rock stars Ringo Starr and Barry Gibb received knighthood, at separate events at Buckingham Palace.

Mason turned 75 on January 27, 2019. He has been touring with his new band, Saucerful of Secrets, which celebrates early Pink Floyd repertoire. He’s announced an extensive 2019 tour. Tickets are available here and here.

Related: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets has a busy 2019 calendar

Palin has also had an accomplished career as a travel documentarian.

Watch Palin in a classic Python sketch

A throwback tweet by Twiggy from her heyday as a teenage model in the swinging Sixties

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