Bob Dylan has been nominated for the Légion d'Honneur - the highest honour France can bestow.
At times a frustrating, contrarian artist, Bob Dylan's career is nonetheless littered with honours. Now the songwriter could be set to receive the Légion d'Honneur - if his nominated is approved.
The highest award France can bestow, previous Légion d'Honneur recipients include Sir Paul McCartney. The selection process is steered by a 17-strong committee, with the council's gran chancellor, Jean-Louis Georgelin, confirming in a letter to Le Monde that it had approved the nomination of Bob Dylan.
In the letter Georgelin labelled Dylan an "exceptional artist" who was feted by in his homeland and internationally. Described as a "tremendous singer and a great poet" the committee also acknowledged that a previous nomination was discarded due to "controversy".
While the letter doesn't open up about this "controversy" it's widely held that the singer's use of marijuana and his opposition to the Vietnam War (a former French colony, let's not forget) didn't stand him in good stead.
However all that seems to be in the past, with the French Minister of Culture expected to give Bob Dylan the Légion d'Honneur later this year.
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