Celebration day for Zeppelin's frontman


Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is the latest rocker honored by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year Honors List.

Plant, enjoying success with his "Raising Sand" collaboration with Alison Krauss, is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to music.

Musician Courtney Pine also picks up a CBE for services to jazz music, while singer-songwriter John Martyn is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

The Queen hands out the accolades each year to reward excellence across various sectors of British industry and culture.

Classical musicians honored include conductor Owain Arwel Hughes (CBE), pianist-conductor Howard Shelley (OBE) and opera singer Michael Chance (CBE).

Jenny Abramsky, former director of BBC audio and music, is made a Dame, while Andy Heath, chairman of music industry lobbying group UK Music and a director of Beggars Group, is made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to the music publishing industry.

Mark Sutherland is London bureau chief and global editor at Billboard.