Skepta manager Grace Ladoja awarded MBE in Queen’s New Year Honours list

Grace Ladoja, founder of Metallic Inc and manager of UK grime star Skepta, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2018 list.

The fast-rising executive receives the prestigious title for services to music little over a year after Skepta won the Mercury Prize for self-released album Konnichiwa.

Ladoja (pictured) started working with Skepta – real name Joseph Adenuga – in 2014.

Last month she won a Rising Star award at a Women In Music event in London run by UK trade paper Music Week.

Other MBE recipients in the New Years Honours list include Grime godfather Wiley (real name Richard Cowie), who is also honoured for services to music.

Soft Cell frontman and solo star Marc Almond receives an OBE for services to arts and culture.

And there are two very prominent Knighthoods in the music industry: step forward, Sir Richard Starkey, aka Ringo Starr, and Sir Barry Gibb.

In a statement, Starr said it was “an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. Ringo.”

And founding Bee Gees member Gibb, recognised for services to music and charity said: “I am deeply honored, humbled and very proud.”

He paid tribute to his brothers and fellow Bee Gees, Maurice and Robin Gibb, who died in 2003 and 2012, respectively.

Added Barry Gibb: “I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honour. It is as much theirs as it is mine. The magic, the glow and the rush will last me the rest of my life.”Music Business Worldwide

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