The New York Timesreports that singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will be one of several to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The 70-year-old artist will be given the highest civilian honor along with author Toni Morrison, astronaut John Glenn, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
A statement released by the White House commended Dylan's effect "on the civil rights movement of the 1960s" and "his significant impact on American culture over the past five decades." More broadly, Dylan was recognized in the statement as one of the "most influential American musicians of the 20th century."
In 2009 Dylan was awarded the National Medal of Arts. With the other recipients, he will be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this spring. [RS]