From The Guardian:
Kinks frontman Ray Davies, 72, said he felt a mixture of joy and embarrassment on being awarded a knighthood for services to the arts. Despite The Kinks parting ways in 1996, Davies forged a solo career and two years ago collaborated on Sunny Afternoon, the Olivier-award wining musical based on his music and lyrics.
“This is for the people who supported my music over the years,” said Davies. “I’m kind of reluctant to collect rewards. I usually back out of ceremonies. I’m kind of a shy person.”
To which I can only add -- WHAT TOOK THEM SO FUCKING LONG?
Ladies and gentlemen, the most beautiful song written in English in the second half of the 20th Century.
Congratulations, Sir Ray.