Jeff Lynne Awarded Order Of The British Empire By The Queen
For His Services To Music
Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne has just been awarded an O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) for his services to music on the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Aside from co-founding Electric Light Orchestra, Lynne was also a member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. He produced and co-wrote songs for other musicians like Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Roy Orbison, and George Harrison, to name a few.
Lynne said, “I am extremely humbled and grateful to be awarded this honour for my services to music. To be recognized for my work is an extraordinary privilege.”
Others who received appointments include rapper Dizzee Rascal, documentarian Sir David Attenborough and singer Joan Armatrading.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours are usually announced in June but was moved to October 10 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Jeff Lynne was supposed to embark on a tour in support of Electric Light Orchestra’s 2019 album “From Out of Nowhere” but has been canceled because of the current global health crisis. In an interview with Classic Rock magazine earlier this year, Lynne said: “I think I’m most proud of the fact that I’m still out there doing it. I haven’t packed it in yet, because I still love it. You can’t ask for more than that.”