The DJ has dedicated his life “to spreading the sounds of UK house and techno to the four corners of the planet.”

A petition has been started by South West Four Festival to help get Carl Cox nominated as an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List.

“The honours system recognises people who have either made achievements in public life or committed themselves to serving and helping Britain,” reads the petition.

“We feel we can speak for fellow promoters all across the world that have had the honour of welcoming Carl to their nightclubs and festivals and have seen him deliver time and time again on both these fronts.”

Describing him as “a global icon,” and “a living legend for fans of electronic music from across the world,” the petition argues Cox “should be rewarded for four decades of devoting himself to his art form and dedicating his life to spreading the sounds of UK house and techno to the four corners of the planet.”

Last year the dance veteran – who was born in Barbados but grew up in the UK – slammed Ibiza’s VIP culture, claiming that it had “spoilt” the island.

Read next: Carl Cox has over 150,000 records ordered chronologically, and the last bloody thing he needs is more.

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