Bob Dylan Up For Top French Honor

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June 3, 2013 | 5:55pm EST

Bob Dylan has been nominated for France’s top cultural honor.
The Lay Lady Lay singer/songwriter is on the ballot for a Legion d’Honneur accolade after missing out on the nomination in previous years.
Grand Chancellor Jean-Louis Georgelin tells Reuters that Dylan’s nomination had been thrown out before due to controversy among the council members, prompting experts to speculate his drug use and opposition to the Vietnam War may have cost him the vote.
Last month, Dylan was inducted into the U.S. Academy of Arts and Letters and last year he was awarded America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.