Paul Simon is set to be honored with the Great Americans medal from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Simon will receive the award on September 18th, and will be the sixth person, and first musician, to receive the honor.
“Paul Simon has achieved something truly remarkable,” Anthea M. Hartig, the Elizabeth MacMillan Director of the National Museum of American History, shares. “Through the timelessness and poignancy of his music and his parallel dedication to understanding the beliefs and values of all peoples, Paul Simon has bridged cultures and generations in a way that beautifully exemplifies what it means to be a Great American.”
The medal is part of the “Great Americans Award Program,” which “honors those who have not only made a lasting impact in their fields but those whose philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors set them apart.”