Bruce Springsteen Will Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
The White House announced this year's winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and The Boss tops the list.
Bruce Springsteen is one of 21 recipients who will receive their medals at the White House on Tuesday, November 22nd.
The statement released by President Obama says
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation's highest civilian honor – it's a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.
Bruce Springsteen is a singer, songwriter, and bandleader. More than five decades ago, he bought a guitar and learned how to make it talk. Since then, the stories he has told, in lyrics and epic live concert performances, have helped shape American music and have challenged us to realize the American dream. Springsteen is a Kennedy Center honoree and he and the E Street Band he leads have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
For in the life of our country only a handful of people have tapped the full power of music to tell the real American story — with honesty; from the heart; and one of those people is Bruce Springsteen.
The other recipients are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Native American advocate Elouise Cobell (posthumous), Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, physicist Richard Garwin, Bill and Melinda Gates, architect Frank Gehry, software entrepreneur Margaret H. Hamilton, Tom Hanks, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (posthumous), Michael Jordan, artist and sculptor Maya Lin, Lorne Michaels, attorney Newton Minow, university president Eduardo Padrón, Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Vin Scully and Cicely Tyson.
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