Barack Obama honours Bob Dylan

FAN-in-chief Barack Obama invested legendary singer songwriter Bob Dylan with America's highest civilian honour, praising the gritty folk legend's never ending quest for truth.

Dylan joined other honorees including former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth and novelist Toni Morrison to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"By the time he was 23, Bob's voice, with its weight, its unique gravelly power, was redefining not just what music sounded like, but the message it carried and how it made people feel," Obama said.

"Today, everybody from Bruce Springsteen to U2 owes Bob a debt of gratitude.

"There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music. All these years later, he's still chasing that sound, still searching for a little bit of truth, and I have to say that I am a really big fan."

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