The New Jerseyan was among a host of notable names who were honoured by President Obama today (November 22)

Bruce Springsteen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House earlier today (November 22).

The ‘Born In The USA’ artist was honoured by President Barack Obama alongside a host of notable names, including Michael Jordan, Diana Ross, Bill Gates and Ellen Degeneres. The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honour that can be awarded in the US.

As Pitchfork reports, President Obama hailed Springsteen and his fellow recipients as “extraordinary Americans who have lifted our spirits, strengthened our union, pushed us towards progress.”

Watch the full coverage of the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony below.

President Obama Awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

The Medals are presented to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Appraising Springsteen’s career prior to the ceremony, the White House praised his contribution to the US as follows: “Bruce Springsteen is a singer, songwriter, and bandleader. More than five decades ago, he bought a guitar and learned how to make it talk.

“Since then, the stories he has told, in lyrics and epic live concert performances, have helped shape American music and have challenged us to realize the American dream. Springsteen is a Kennedy Center honoree and he and the E Street Band he leads have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”