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Bruce Springsteen, Jose Feliciano and Gladys Knight to receive US National Medal Of Arts

By | Published on Tuesday 21 March 2023

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen, Jose Feliciano and Gladys Knight will be among the recipients of the US National Medal Of Arts later today, in recognition of their work to make the arts in the States just so bloody great. President Joe Biden will do the official badge pinning and probably say well done and all that.

“The National Medal Of Arts recipients have helped to define and enrich our nation’s cultural legacy through their life long passionate commitment”, says National Endowment For The Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson. “We are a better nation because of their contributions. Their work helps us see the world in different ways. It inspires us to reach our full potential and recognise our common humanity. I join the President in congratulating and thanking them”.

The National Medal Of Arts was created by US Congress in 1984 and somehow none of these musicians have received it before. I mean, come on, Bruce Springsteen? You’d think he’d get the first one, no?

Anyway, this oversight will be rectified this afternoon. Also among those receiving the medal today are actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mindy Kaling, businessman and LGBTQI+ advocate Fred Eychaner, artists Judith Francisca Baca and Antonio Martorell-Cardona, and fashion designer Vera Wang.

The whole ceremony will kick off at 8.30pm UK time and will be livestreamed here.