Television personality Simon Cowell attends the BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards where he received a special recognition award for his contributions to television and entertainment in the U.K. and U.S at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 4, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
Get ready to start addressing Simon Cowell
with a "sir" in front of his name. The music mogul will reportedly be given a knighthood by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in her birthday honors list next month after being recommended by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown
for his charity work. Sounds like Simon's efforts with the chart-topping single "Everybody Hurts," which raised money to help victims of the Haiti earthquake, didn't go unnoticed.
A source said: “Gordon Brown was very keen for Simon to get proper recognition for his work. He was particularly impressed by the way Simon responded to his suggestion to release the record for Haiti by dropping everything to ensure it was a success. And there’s no doubt Simon has brought as great deal of happiness to millions of people with his music and TV shows. Simon Cowell with his fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy (Getty)
Close friends of Simon, whose TV shows are shown in 27 countries, believe he “deserves” the honor because of the good work he does to help others.
An insider told the Daily Mirror
newspaper: “It would be an absolutely huge achievement and a wonderful tribute to all he’s achieved professionally. Simon deserves the honor because he does so much work behind the scenes for charity and publicly supports good causes.
“He has also generated millions in the music and entertainment industries, created thousands of jobs and helped make Sony a multinational conglomerate.”
However, the news is likely to come as a shock to 50-year-old Simon, who has previously said his chances of being knighted are “below zero.”
The source added: “Simon has always joked he’d be last in line for a knighthood. But, deep down, it’s his dream.”
Other entertainment stars to have previously been knighted by the queen include Sir Michael Caine
, Sir Mick Jagger
and Sir Paul McCartney
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