Bob Dylan To Receive Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Bob Dylan

By Zachary Swickey

Bob Dylan has received plenty of awards and accolades for his many noteworthy contributions to the music world and now President Obama will be handing Dylan one of the most post prestigious awards around: a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given in the United States.

As reported by the New York Times, the White House released a statement naming 13 individuals who will receive the honor, which granted to “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 endeavors.”

The statement from the White House called Dylan one of the “most influential American musicians of the 20th century,” thanks to his “rich and poetic lyrics” and for his catalog that has “had considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and has had significant impact on American culture over the past five decade.”

Other recipients to be awarded include astronaut John Glenn, author Toni Morrison and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

Dylan was previously awarded with a National Medal of Arts in 2009.

We reported earlier this month that Dylan’s classic 1975 album Blood on the Tracks is set to be adapted into a feature film. A release date has yet to be determined on the film, which is based on one of Dylan’s most personal, autobiographical records of all time.