Bob Dylan to receive Medal of Freedom
Bob Dylan will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour.
The 70-year-old folk icon, who has spent five decades making music, will receive the award from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony later this spring.
In a statement, the White House lauded Dylan "as one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century," and noted that he's recorded more than 600 songs and his songs have been recorded more than 3,000 times by other artists.
"Known for his rich and poetic lyrics, his work had considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and has had significant impact on American culture over the past five decades."
Other 2012 Medal of Freedom recipients include novelist Toni Morrison, Madeleine Albright, the first female secretary of state, former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres, NCAA basketball coach Pat Summitt and astronaut John Glenn.
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