Bob Dylan has been nominated for France's Légion d'Honneur.
The legendary US singer had his first nomination reportedly thrown out by the deciding council over his marijuana use and his opposition to the Vietnam War, reports Reuters.
The approval by the Légion d'Honneur council means France's minister of culture may soon decorate Dylan with the honour, which is the country's highest distinction. Previous performers awarded the honour include The Beatles' Paul McCartney and France's Charles Aznavour.
The 17-member council meet to discuss whether nominees conform with the government's institutional principles. On Sunday, via a letter sent to the Le Monde, the council's gran chancellor, Jean-Louis Georgelin, confirmed it had approved the nomination of Bob Dylan.
Georgelin called the singer/lyricist an "exceptional artist" known in his home country of the US and internationally, and said he was a "tremendous singer and a great poet". The grand chancellor also acknowledged the previous decision to throw out the nomination, citing what he called a "controversy" but he did no elaborate.NME