Radio 1 presenter and nightclub DJ Pete Tong came up as a surprise name on this year’s New Year’s Honours list, after being awarded an MBE for his services to broadcasting and music.

Tong is known as one of the country’s most recognised DJs and gained most of his notoriety from his Essential Selection show that aired on BBC Radio 1 between 1991 and 2006.

The 53 year old said of the award, “It’s great to receive this honour for being a DJ. I’m proud that it acknowledges a profession that I care about a great deal, and one that’s made a huge impact around the world,” he said.

“I’d like to thank BBC Radio 1 for its unerring commitment to dance and electronic music and for supporting and encouraging me for over two decades.

“I’d like to thank all the club promoters in the UK and around the world for their passion and commitment to putting on amazing events and the artists producers and DJs that have been making and innovating with the music. This wouldn’t have happened without so many great tunes,” he added.

Also making the New Year’s Honours list was feisty classical female songstress Katherine Jenkins, who’s ten albums have been fixtures in the classical music charts. She was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to music and charity.


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