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Pete Tong honored with an MBE by the Queen

He’s a DJ, broadcaster, and essentially the voice of electronic music: now, the venerable Pete Tong has a new title to add to his legacy. The British tastemaker has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to Broadcasting and Music in the New Year’s Honours List 2014.

It’s a prestigious honor well deserved for Tong, whose long-running Essential Mix series on BBC Radio 1 has accrued a global following. The MBE caps a hugely successful year, with Tong relocating to the United States to help nurture the ever-growing dance music culture. Internationally, he’s embarked on countless tours that have seen him spin from India to Ibiza, and encouraged intelligent and business-savvy discussion of dance music through his International Music Summit.

Though Tong’s achievements speak for themselves, he says none of them would have been made possible without “so many great tunes.” As he added: “It’s great to receive this honor for being a DJ. I’m proud that it acknowledges a profession that I care about a great deal, and one that’s made a huge impact around the world.

“I’d like to thank BBC Radio 1 for its unerring commitment to dance and electronic music and for supporting and encouraging me for over two decades. I’d like to thank all the club promoters in the UK and around the world for their passion and commitment to putting on amazing events and the artists producers and DJs that have been making and innovating with the music…Finally, to my family and team who have supported me on this journey in so many ways – thank you.”

In other Pete Tong news, he recently announced Swedish powerhouse Eric Prydz as the winner of 2013′s Essential Mix of the Year, and you can listen again to that powerhouse two-hour set below.