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WATCH: Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross receive Medals of Freedom from President Obama

Laura  Barnes
WATCH: Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross receive Medals of Freedom from President Obama

US President Barack Obama has awarded 21 Presidential Medals of Freedom, with musicians Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross amongst the recipients.

The medals are the nation’s highest civilian honour, and were given to individuals who have contributed to “the security or national interests of the United States, to world peach or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours”.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation's highest civilian honour – it's a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better,” said Obama.

“From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”
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Speaking about singer, songwriter and guitarist Bruce Springsteen, Obama said: "For decades, Bruce Springsteen has brought us all along on a journey consumed with the bargain between ambition and injustice, and pleasure and pain, the simple glories and scattered heartbreak of every day life in America.

“I am the president; he is the Boss. Pushing 70, he is still pushing down four-hour sets. I thought twice about giving him a Medal of Freedom since he calls himself a prisoner of rock 'n' roll for years to come."

Introducing Ross before the award was given, Obama credited her with making music history with The Supremes and throughout her career, saying she “exuded glamour and grace” and earned “a permanent place in the American soundtrack.”

Other figures who received the award this year include actors Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks and Robert Redford, and comedian Ellen DeGeneres.

You can watch the full ceremony on the video below:

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