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Bob Dylan To Receive US Medal Of Freedom
Music legend Bob Dylan is to be honoured by US President Barack Obama with America's highest civilian award.
The White House has announced that the 70-year-old singer-songwriter is among the 13 people who will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Dylan is on the list with former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, astronaut John Glenn, novelist Toni Morrison and former Israeli president Shimon Peres.
Mr Obama said: "These extraordinary honourees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our nation.
"They've challenged us, they've inspired us, and they've made the world a better place. I look forward to recognising them with this award."
The White House described Dylan as "one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century" and paid tribute to his contribution to the civil rights movement.
Since releasing his first album in 1962 Dylan has won 11 Grammy awards, an Oscar and a Golden Globe award and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom was established in 1963 to replace an earlier Medal of Freedom created by President Harry Truman in 1945.
The White House says it honours "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours".
This year's other recipients include a physician who helped lead the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s and an officer in the Polish Underground during World War II who brought some of the first eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust to the world.
The awards will be presented at the White House in late Spring.
what do you think?
tell them where to stick it bob,in a song please.
Bob Dylan is so cool
it is about time I have been a fan of Bob's since 1960's got every record he made so i am reaaly chuffed he has somthing at last
Sorry Bob, but if it's from the goverment then it's the US medal of freeDOMINATION.
Can't argue with Dylan's merits. Definitely one of the greatest singer / songwriters of the 20 Century. Too many superb songs to name. Best top 10 anyone? (Not in any order) Hurricane Desolation Row Highway 61 Revisited Shelter from the Storm All along the Watchtower Bob Dylan's 115 Dream Don't think Twice, it's Alright Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again All I really Want to Do Tangled up in Blue There are so many . . . .