Bob Dylan has been honored with the French Legion of Honor, the country's highest cultural award. The folk and rock legend was on hand to receive the award in Paris this week and had high praise from French foreign minister Aurelie Filippetti.
According to the BBC, Dylan looked visibly uncomfortable during Filippetti's speech but later addressed the crowd saying that he was "grateful" and "proud." Dylan had previously been nominated for the award but his nomination was overturned because of his opposition to the Vietnam War and his use of marijuana in the 1960s.
Dylan also made recent headlines as his cut "Farewell" appears on the soundtrack to the new film from the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis. The plot is set in the New York City's 1960s era folk scene, of which Dylan was an integral part.
"Farewell" is a cut from the sessions for his 1962 album, The Times They Are A-Changin, which wasn't released until 2010 when it found its way onto The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 compilation.
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