Adele and PJ Harvey awarded MBEs in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Adele follows up Oscar success with recognition from the Queen

Adele and PJ Harvey have been awarded MBEs on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

As the BBC reports, the ’21’ singer and ‘Let England Shake’ artist have been both recognised for their services to music, with other names on the list including Blackadder actor Tony Robinson, who has received a knighthood, and comedians Rowan Atkinson and Rob Brydon, who received a CBE and an MBE respectively.

Adele’s accolade follows her victory at the Oscars earlier this year, when she picked up a gong for Best Original Song for her Bond theme ‘Skyfall’, which she co-wrote with producer Paul Epworth. Her most recent album ’21’ has racked up huge sales figures both in the UK and the US – in December last year it became the fourth biggest-selling album in the UK of all time, while it has also been the most-purchased album in the US for two years running.

PJ Harvey’s most recent studio effort ‘Let England Shake’, meanwhile, received widespread critical acclaim and was named NME’s Album Of The Year and the Mercury Music Prize in 2011. She released her debut album ‘Dry’ in 1992 and has since gone on to put out a slew of LPs including ‘Rid Of Me’ (1993), ‘To Bring You My Love’ (1995), ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’ (2000) and ‘White Chalk’ (2007). You can watch a video interview with PJ Harvey talking about the political inspiration behind ‘Let England Shake’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

According to recent reports, Adele is currently working on a follow-up to ’21’ and could release the new LP in mid-2014. A source claimed: “Adele is currently in a recording studio in London and it’s in lockdown mode for the next few weeks. Four tracks are finished in terms of writing and she’s now laying down preliminary vocals with backing music and singers. The rest of the record will be done in LA. The feel is very much Adele going back to her roots, with some modern jazz and a couple of classic old songs.”

PJ Harvey, however, has warned it could be some time before she releases a ‘Let England Shake’ follow-up – in 2011 she claimed it could take 10 years before she was ready to put out a new record.