ABBA beaten to Swedish knights

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The pop group ABBA can now change the name of their famous hit “Dancing Queen” to “Dancing Knights”.

Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Benny Andersson were recently knighted for their “outstanding achievements in the Swedish and international music industry”.

This is the first time in almost 50 years that this specific knighthood, the Royal Order of Vasa, has been awarded.

Candidates are nominated by both the general public and the Swedish government and are finally chosen by King Carl XVI Gustaf, who presented the knighthood to ABBA with Queen Silvia on Friday.

Others knighted with the pop group include two physicists who received the 2023 Nobel Prize for science.

ABBA was formed in the seventies and gained international fame in 1974 after winning the Eurovision Song Contest with the hit song “Waterloo”.

They were the first participants to win this popular competition with an English hit, rather than one in their mother tongue.

Other big hits like “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” followed through the years.

However, the group parted ways in 1982, with Ulvaeus and Andersson still working together, penning music for musicals and movies, while Fältskog and Lyngstad pursued solo careers.

Ulvaeus and Andersson were also directly involved in the musical and films of Mamma Mia!which was modeled on their music.

The band did make ABBA hearts sing in 2021 when they reunited for the album Voyage to work and for the premiere of their virtual concert series in 2022.

Sources: People, Variety, AFP.