Bruce Springsteen: He was awarded the US Medal of Honor
He was awarded the US Medal of Honor
Bruce Springsteen was honored with the “National Medal of Arts” by Joe Biden. The honorees had to wait two years for the ceremony.
Joe Biden (80) presented various artists with the US Medal of Honor in the White House last Tuesday. Because of the corona pandemic, the ceremony did not take place in 2021 and 2022, so the recipients of 2021 only received their awards now. “We’re a great nation, in large part because of the strength of the arts and humanities. That’s ingrained in America’s DNA,” Biden said according to CNN in his speech. “Today, we continue the legacy of presenting two of our nation’s highest honors to 23 exceptional Americans.” In addition to the “National Medal of the Art”, Biden also awarded the “National Humanities Medal”.
Bruce Springsteen is “Born to Run”
Among the honored artists was musician Bruce Springsteen (73), who accepted the Medal of Honor with a beaming face. “Some people are just born to run, man,” Biden said according to USA Today in his speech, referring to Springsteen’s hit “Born to Run” from 1975. Bruce Springsteen is honored with the award as one of the “greatest artists and storytellers” in the USA, it was said in advance in a statement. “His music celebrates our triumphs, heals our wounds, and gives us hope by capturing the unyielding spirit of what it means to be American.”
Next to Springsteen Among others, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (62), actress Mindy Kaling (43), fashion designer Vera Wang (73), singer Gladys Knight (78) and singer Jose Feliciano (77) received awards. Louis-Dreyfus welcomed the US President as his “girlfriend” and asked the “Veep” star, in the series she plays a White House politician, if she preferred “being president or vice president”. And Knight described it as “one of the best things that has ever happened to music”. First Lady Jill Biden (71) and Vice President Kamala Harris (58) also attended the ceremony.
Last September, Biden had already awarded a world-famous musician the National Humanities Medal: Elton John (75) made a stop in the capital Washington on his farewell tour and in the garden in front of the White House he performed his greatest hits such as “I’m Still Standing”. , “Rocket Man” or “Crocodile Rock”. Among other things, Biden thanked him for his Music and his commitment in the fight against HIV and then presented him with the award. It recognizes individuals or organizations whose work has promoted understanding of the humanities.