Annie Lennox has received an OBE in the New Year Honours List for her work fighting Aids and poverty in Africa.
The former Eurythmics singer said she was "genuinely honoured" at the recognition, and joked that she would be getting her hat ready for Buckingham Palace.
Aberdeen-born Annie, who turned 56 on Christmas Day, has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide with the Eurythmics and as a solo star.
Her hit songs include Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), No More 'I Love Yous' and Why, and she has won a string of awards including Grammys, Brits, Ivor Novellos and an Oscar.
She now splits her time between her music and campaigning on behalf of Aids and HIV victims and poverty-stricken women and children in the developing world.
The singer said of her OBE: "I'm genuinely honoured to be part of the New Year's Honours list for 2010.
"As somewhat of a renegade, it either means I've done something terribly right - or they've done something terribly wrong.
"In any case, whatever powers that be have deemed me worthy of such a recognition, I'm getting my fake leopard pillbox hat dusted and ready."
Annie continued: "I was never much of one to win prizes... and certainly never placed too much value on their acquisition.
"Therefore, I take this as more of an appreciation for the gentle turning of the years for someone who's enormously grateful for being able to breathe more or less freely in a totally insane world."