Bob Dylan Medal Of Freedom: Obama Awards Legendary Musician Prestigious Honor (PHOTO)

05/29/2012 05:40 pm ET | Updated May 29, 2012

Legendary musician Bob Dylan visited the White House on Tuesday to receive the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Dylan released his first album in 1962, and his music had a considerable influence on the civil rights movement. Below, President Barack Obama awards Dylan the prestigious medal.

The president said he found Dylan's music transcendant, claiming it led to his "world opening up, because [Dylan] captured something about this country that was so vital."

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Dylan was one of 13 to receive the Medal of Freedom on Tuesday, including former astronaut and Senator John Glenn, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former University of Tennessee women's basketball head coach Pat Summitt.

Bob Dylan Awarded Medal of Freedom

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of basketball coach Pat Summitt.

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