The dancer, DJ and actor flashed his trademark gold teeth as he beamed broadly throughout the Buckingham Palace investiture.
Goldie, who received the gong under his real name Clifford Price, said he was stunned but delighted.
The 50-year-old celebrity added: “It’s a bit of a shocker but a very, very beautiful thing to happen.
“I think it also stands for what you can achieve – anything really.”
“It’s really important to understand it’s nice to be recognised.
“But it’s also nice to say ‘That can work as leverage to make things better and change things’.”
Goldie was honoured for his contribution to the performing arts and helping young people during a career lasting almost three decades.
He was raised in care in Walsall, West Midlands, but found fame on the dance music scene producing drum and bass records.
Music experts regard his album Timeless – which includes the hit track Inner City Life – as one of the landmark works of the 1990s.
His biggest acting part came in the 1999 Bond movie The World is Not enough, when he played Russian mafia villain Bull, opposite Pierce Brosnan’s 007.
But he also starred in Guy Ritchie’s gangster comedy Snatch, and later appeared on TV in EastEnders and Celebrity Big Brother.
He added: “Art and music is so important for young people – the arts need to be supported and I think there are so many Clifford Prices out there like me.
“This is where the work begins really, because it’s a case of what’s next, what can we do, and not sit on one’s laurels.”
Also yesterday, Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, was knighted, and Professor John Edmunds of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, received an OBE.