You’d think Bob Dylan would just get tired of collecting all these awards, but he just keeps racking ‘em up. Reuters reports that his nomination for France’s Legion d’Honneur has been approved. Nominees are chosen by French government ministers, and a 17-member council decides whether or not those nominees adhere to the institution’s principles. Grand Chancellor Jean-Louis Georgelin confirmed that Dylan’s nomination got the OK. Georgelin had plenty of good words to say about Dylan. In a letter he sent to the French newspaper Le Monde, Georgelin called the singer a “tremendous singer and great poet” and an “exceptional artist.”
Dylan had previously been nominated for the country’s highest honor, but the bid was thrown out. In Le Monde, Georgelin stated that the nomination had been thrown out over a “controversy,” but left it at that. Satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine claims that Dylan’s previous bid was tossed out because of the singer’s opposition to the Vietnam War (France was a former colonial power in the country) and his marijuana use.
If you’re keeping track, Dylan was just awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters last month.