Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge was honored with a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in the Queen’s 90th birthday honors list announced Friday.

“It is with enormous pride that I receive this honor from Her Majesty the Queen,” Grainge said in a statement. “It is a recognition of British music’s significance to the U.K.’s culture and economy, its role in inspiring investment, and the contribution of incredible creative talent from around the world.”

The music exec was recognized for his accomplishments in the music industry and his contributions to British business. The notice of his knighthood also mentioned Grainge’s part in developing innovative business models, technology and media partnerships to expand UMG’s global presence.


Over the course of his career, Grainge has signed and worked with artists including the Rolling Stones, Elton John, U2, Rihanna and Katy Perry. UMG, part of Vivendi, operates in more than 60 countries.

British rocker Rod Stewart was also knighted, for his services to music and charity. “Downton Abbey” actress Penelope Wilton was made a dame (the equivalent of a knighthood) for her services to drama.