The British government has released a list of 277 dead people – including notable actors, writers, musicians, scientists and politicians – who had rejected the chance to become knights and dames between 1951 and 1999. The list features several major cultural figures such as Aldous Huxley, C.S. Lewis, Alfred Hitchcock, Roald Dahl. David Bowie, still very much alive, declined in 2000, saying that "I seriously don't know what it's for."
Though Bowie refused knighthood, many of his rock star peers, such as Elton John, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney, have been knighted by the Queen of England. (John Lennon was as well, but eventually returned the honor in 1969 in protest against his country's involvement in violence and war.)
A new generation of British rock icons are likely to be considered as future knights and dames in the coming years. Here are our guesses as to whether or not these artists will accept or decline a title from the Order of the British Empire.
– By Matthew Perpetua