Bob Dylan's a hit at the White House

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Bob Dylan, who once wrote that "even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked", has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama.

Fifty years after one of the 20th century's greatest songwriters released his debut album, the 71-year-old was awarded the prize in a ceremony at the White House, recognising his "considerable influence on the civil rights movement in the 1960s" and his "significant impact on American culture over the past five decades".

Other recipients included former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, former astronaut John Glenn and Bill Clinton's Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.