Soul singer Ruby Turner said it was "so surreal" to get an MBE after nearly 40 years in the music business.
Ruby, 57, has worked with groups including The Four Tops, The Temptations and singer Jimmy Ruffin. Her velvety voice has also appeared on tracks by the likes of Brian Ferry, UB40, Steve Winwood and Sir Mick Jagger.
She is currently one of the main singers in Jools Holland's R&B Orchestra.
Ruby told BBC Breakfast: "Words fail me. I am really quite humbled ... I am completely overwhelmed by the whole thing. It is so surreal."
She described it as a "wonderful nod" to her work and thanked the audiences who come to see her.
Ruby got a big hug from Jools, who she has been working with for over 22 years, when she broke the news to him before they went on stage on Friday night.
She told BBC Breakfast they had a great working connection, adding: "When we go out on stage it is a partnership. It is not about him or me - it is about the sound and what we bring to the audience. It is the people who are paying to come and see us, they are the ones to be rewarded because if it wasn't for them I would not be receiving this today."
Her major break came in the mid-1980s, when she was asked to join Culture Club at the height of their stardom.