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Simon Cowell to be knighted?

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London, May 17 (ANI): TV mogul Simon Cowell may soon be honoured with the title "Sir" for his charity works and achievement in British record industry.Former England's Prime Minister Gordon Brown reportedly recommended his name last week before he made his exit from the top post.Brown had appreciated the 'X-Factor' judge for recording a star-studded fundraising CD for the victims of this year's Haiti earthquake.Cowell had helped to raise almost 1million pounds for the appeal by getting the likes of Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart to help record 'Everybody Hurts'.According to sources in Westminster, Cowell will be knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours on June 12."Gordon Brown was very keen for Simon to get proper recognition for his work," the Mirror quoted a source, as saying.The insider added: "He was particularly impressed by the way Simon responded to his suggestion to release the record for Haiti by dropping everything to ensure it was a success."And there's also no doubt Simon has brought a great deal of happiness to millions of people with his music and TV shows."A source close to Cowell said: "It would be an absolutely huge achievement and a wonderful tribute to all he's achieved professionally."Simon deserves the honour because he does so much work behind the scenes for charity and publicly supports good causes."He has also generated millions in the music and entertainment industries, created thousands of jobs and helped make Sony a multinational conglomerate."Simon has always joked he'd be last in line for a knighthood.But, deep down, it's his dream."However, in an interview last year, Cowell said he didn't work to earn knighthood, he said: "I never did all this to get a knighthood. I am very lucky to do what I do and feel privileged." (ANI)

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