News 10 October 2020

Dizzee Rascal joins Marcus Rashford, Lady Leshurr, Krept & Konan & more on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

10 October 2020

Dizzee Rascal joins Marcus Rashford, Joe Wicks, Lady Leshurr and more on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

For his services to music, Dizzee is being offered an MBE.

The honour, of course, follows Dizzee’s recent Legacy Award win at GRM’s 2020 Rated Awards.

Renowned for his devotion to and innovativity in UK music, the honour is fitting.

Footballer Marcus Rashford has been added to the list thanks to his admirable work fighting to end child food poverty in the UK.

On his honour, Marcus said, “As a young black man from Wythenshawe, never did I think I would be accepting an MBE, never mind an MBE at the age of 22.”

The footballer added, “The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over. I would be doing my community, and the families I have met and spoken with, an injustice if I didn’t use this opportunity to respectfully urge the prime minister, who recommended me for this honour, to support our children during the October half-term with an extension of the voucher scheme, as the furlough scheme comes to an end and we face increased unemployment.”

Of the honours, 414 of the 1,495 are going to members of the public for their work as “unsung heroes” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

South London hailing duo Krept & Konan will receive a British Empire Medal and also joining the list of honourees is Lady Leshurr who receives the British Empire Medal for releasing her handwash promoting zeitgeist anthem, “Quarantine Speech”.

Leshurr told PA, “I am over the moon, I never expected it, it kind of came out the blue, but at the same time it just goes to show when you create opportunities for yourself in a situation like this pandemic, a lot can come off the back of it when you’re expressing through art or giving back to people. I’m lost for words, honestly.”