Wiley, Ringo Starr and the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb recognised in 2018 New Year Honours

The Godfather of Grime gets another title.

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and the last surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb have been knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours list.

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has also been knighted, while Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell has been made a dame.

Wiley adds another title to add to his Godfather of Grime label, having received an MBE for services to music.



“Big up the Queen dun kno ❤,” Wiley said on Twitter.


Starr recently attracted controversy for his comments in support of Brexit.

“The people voted and, you know, they have to get on with it,” Ringo said.

“Suddenly, it’s like, ‘Oh, well, we don’t like that vote. What do you mean you don’t like that vote? You had the vote, this is what won, let’s get on with it.”


He quipped, “but don’t tell Bob Geldof” and added: “I think it’s a great move. I think, you know, to be in control of your country is a good move.”

Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr (Getty Images)

Another musician recognised in the 2018 New Year Honours is former Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond, who gets an OBE for services to arts and culture.

This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes was given an OBE for services to broadcasting, and author Jilly Cooper received a CBE for services to literature and charity.

TV chef Rick Stein was given a CBE for services to the economy, and former editor of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman also received a CBE.

While famous names dominate reports, a total of 1,123 people were recognised in the 2018 New Year Honours.

Last month, Wiley announced a UK & Ireland tour for February and March 2018, including his biggest ever headline show at London’s Brixton Academy.

Check out Wiley’s 2018 UK dates below and get tickets here.

Tues 20 Dublin, Olympia
Weds 21 Manchester, Academy 2
Thurs 22 Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
Fri 23 Bristol, Motion
Sat 24 Nottingham, The Brickworks

Fri 02 London, O2 Academy Brixton