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Elvis Costello Honored By Queen Elizabeth As OBE

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Elvis Costello has been honored by Queen Elizabeth with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) rank for his services to music.

Costello was selected for the official OBE honor despite his open criticism of British imperialism and politics, which is evident in songs such as "Oliver's Army" and "Tramp the Dirt Down."

Born Declan MacManus, Costello, 64, said that he decided to accept the honor after speaking to his mother.

"I began my call by telling my Mam that the Prime Minister, Mrs. May, had put my name forward for an O.B.E.," he said in a note published on his website.

"But she's rubbish, Lillian cut in before I could complete the news. Well, that aside, I said, 'Of course, I won't be accepting the award'".

"I didn't get much further with that statement either. I listened carefully to my mother's argument that if something is deserved then one must be gracious in acceptance," he added.

"So, as a good lad, who likes to do what will make his Mam most proud, I knew that I must put old doubts and enmities aside and muster what little grace I possess".

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