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The Queen’s Next Rock Royalty?

We ponder the chances of Thom Yorke, Morrissey, Damon Albarn and more accepting a knighthood

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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

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Lily Allen

Lily Allen is probably just as amused by the idea of "Dame Lily Allen" as we are. Which is to say, if she is ever offered the honor, she'd probably take it and spend the rest of her life making witty remarks about it.

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Victoria Beckham

Former Spice Girl and current tabloid staple Victoria Beckham probably isn't quite respected enough as an artist to be offered Dame status, but that won't stop her from behaving as if she already has the honor.

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Keith Flint

There is pretty much zero chance that the Prodigy's Keith Flint will ever be offered a knighthood, but we can dream, right?

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