President Biden To Announce Medals To Celebrities

BBP News
2 min readMar 21, 2023


President Biden

Bruce Springsteen has a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a coveted Kennedy Center Honor. He has won multiple Grammys, Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a special Tony Award.

Springsteen will add to his collection of accolades on Tuesday when President Biden honors “the Boss” with the 2021 National Medal of Arts. It’s the nation’s highest award for advancing the arts in America.

At the same event, President Biden will award the 2021 National Humanities Medals to a group including authors Amy Tan, Colson Whitehead, and Ann Patchett. The medal honors individuals or groups for work that deepens their understanding of the humanities.

The arts medals are the first to be awarded by Mr. Biden. During a White House musical event last September, the president surprised Sir Elton John with a National Humanities medal during a White House musical event last September.

Below are the recipients of the 2021 National Medal of Arts include:

  • Judith Francisca Baca
  • Fred Eychaner
  • Jose Feliciano
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Gladys Knight
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Antonio Martorell-Cardona
  • Joan Shigekawa
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Vera Wang
  • The Billie Holiday Theatre
  • The International Association of Blacks in Dance

Recipients of the 2021 National Humanities Medal include:

  • Richard Blanco
  • Johnnetta Betsch Cole
  • Walter Isaacson
  • Earl Lewis
  • Henrietta Mann
  • Ann Patchett
  • Bryan Stevenson
  • Amy Tan
  • Tara Westover
  • Colson Whitehead
  • Native America Calling

The ceremony will take place at the White House Tuesday at 4:30 pm the First Lady will also be in attendance.



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