Bob Dylan has been nominated for France's Légion d'Honneur, the country's highest distinction.
The approval by the Légion d'Honneur council means France's minister of culture may soon decorate Dylan with the honor. Previous performers awarded the honor include Paul McCartney and Charles Aznavour, the French singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat.
On Sunday, via a letter sent to the Le Monde, the council's grand chancellor, Jean-Louis Georgelin, confirmed it had approved the nomination of Dylan. Georgelin called the singer/lyricist an "exceptional artist" known in his home country of the U.S. and internationally, adding that he is a "tremendous singer and a great poet".
The grand chancellor also acknowledged the council's previous decision to throw out the nomination, due to Dylan's marijuana use and opposition to the Vietnam War.
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