Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has been accepted as a nominee for France’s Legion d’Honneur, Reuters has reported.
Dylan’s nomination for the country’s most esteemed award has been thrown out in past years, but Grand Chancellor Jean-Louis Georgelin confirmed that the 17-member council that determines candidates has decided that Dylan has all of the necessary qualities for nomination.
Georgelin noted that Dylan’s nomination had been thrown out before due to controversy among the council, and did not suggest what the details might be. Many speculate the council’s hesitancy to nominate Dylan stems from the singer’s drug use and opposition to the Vietnam War.
Earlier this month Dylan was inducted into the U.S. Academy of Arts and Letters. Last year Dylan received the highest American civilian award when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.