Elton John and Olivia Newton-John Among Those Named on U.K.'s 2020 New Year Honours List

The complete New Year Honours list for 2020 has been released, both celebrating the achievements of and extending high titles to some of the most influential people in the United Kingdom.

Announced Friday, the list of awardees for the new year include Grease star Olivia Newton-John, singer and songwriter Sir Elton John as well as Nadiya Hussain, author and 2015 winner of popular Netflix series The Great British Bake Off.

Newton-John, who now carries the title of "dame" for services to charity, cancer research and entertainment, was born in Cambridge before her relocating to Australia as a child. Known for such hit songs as "Physical," "I Honestly Love You," and "Let Me Be There," Newton-John is a cancer survivor.

"I am extremely excited, honoured and grateful beyond words to be included with such an esteemed group of women who have received this distinguished award before me," she said of her damehood, as reported by the BBC.

Once knighted in 1998 with the title of CBE, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the "Rocketman" singer— recognized for services to music and charity—will join the Order of the Companions of Honour, a distinction "restricted to a maximum 65 members," according to the BBC.

"I'm humbled and honoured to be among such highly esteemed company in receiving the Companion of Honour," he tweeted Friday. "2019 has turned out to be a truly wonderful year for me and I feel extraordinarily blessed. Elton xx"

Hussain also took to social media with the news of her achievement. "I know my grandparents would be really proud, they wouldn't understand what was going on, or what it means but they would be proud none the less. I just know it," the Finding My Voice author wrote in an Instagram post. "Little old rice farmers family in the middle of nowhere with a grand daughter with an MBE! Who would have thought it?! I wish they were alive to enjoy this moment with us!"

According to the BBC, the titles bestowed each year are: Companion of Honour; Knight or Dame; CBE - Commander of the Order of the British Empire; OBE - Officer of the Order of the British Empire; MBE - Member of the Order of the British Empire; and BEM - British Empire Medal.

Roger Taylor, the drummer for the legendary rock band Queen, was named an OBE for services to music. Steve McQueen, director of the film 12 Years a Slave, was awarded a knighthood.

As British media site Metro.co.uk reported, a total of 1,097 people are named on the 2020 New Year Honours list, with 315 will BEM recipients, 397 MBE recipients and 229 newly appointed with an OBE title. The outlet went on to note five of England's Cricket World Cup winners have been listed as well as 20-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason who played at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding in 2018.

It is also worth noting that a handful of celebrities and otherwise influential people have reportedly turned down the honor over the years, including scientist Stephen Hawking, musician David Bowie, and journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

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Sir Elton John performing at his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour on December 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Mackenzie Sweetnam/WireImage