Kate Bush received a CBE for services to music from the Queen today (April 10) at a ceremony at Windsor Castle.
The singer made a rare public appearance to accept the accolade. Although she declined to speak to journalists gathered at the castle for the ceremony, she did issue the following statement, the BBC reports.
I feel incredibly thrilled to receive this honour which I share with my family, friends and fellow musicians and everybody who has been such an important part of it all. Now I’ve got something special to put on top of the Christmas tree.
Kate Bush has released 10 studio albums over a 40-year career. She shot to fame in 1978 when her single ‘Wuthering Heights’ hit Number One in the UK Singles Chart and has since gone on to release a slew of classic albums including ‘The Kick Inside’, ‘Hounds Of Love’, ‘The Red Shoes’, ‘The Sensual World’ and ‘Aerial’.
Although her output was prolific in the late ’70s and throughout the rest of the ’80s, she spent a large time out of the public eye with a 12-year gap between 1993’s ‘Red Shoes’ and 2005’s ‘Aerial’. She then took another six-year break before releasing two albums – ’50 Words For Snow’ and ‘Director’s Cut’ (featuring reworkings of old songs) – in 2011.