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Biden rewards Springsteen and Jose Feliciano for their contributions to the arts

Washington, March 21 (EFE). – The US President, Joe Biden, this Tuesday celebrated the contribution of singers Bruce Springsteen and Jose Feliciano to the world of the arts by handing over the National Medal, a prestigious recognition that twenty other personalities have also received. A ceremony in the East Room of the White House has made up for what the pandemic has prevented: that the 2021 award winners receive this distinction designed to pay tribute to the work of people and organizations on behalf of the arts in the country. “General (George) Washington knew that the greatness of a nation is measured not only by the strength of its army, the breadth of its geography, and the size of its economy, but also by the vitality of its culture,” Biden said, to the first American president (1789-1797). The 23 winners on this occasion are, as he explained, “extraordinary”. A distinction that is reflected in the world of literature, music, poetry or fashion, and was met with applause on Tuesday. Biden joked when introducing Springsteen, who is described as one of the greatest artists and storytellers in the United States and whose work, according to the White House, has captured the “unflinching essence of what it means to be American.” The singer, 73 and author of some classics, began Like “Born in the USA” (1984), his first “tour” with the E Street Band since the tour, which took place in 2017 on February 1 and received one of the most enthusiastic ovations. today. Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Jose Feliciano couldn’t go to Washington because he was on tour, but his absence didn’t stop the president from praising him. Biden stressed that he has been blind since birth, he began playing the guitar at the age of nine, and his music has helped unite cultures and styles, opening the door for generations of Latin artists. The National Medal of Arts, the US executive’s highest honor in the field, was also awarded to designer Vera Wang for the way she made beauty and style “affordable to all.” “Her dresses always look good on my wife,” Biden quipped. Actresses Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Seinfeild” or “VEEP”) are part of the list of winners, who, in their case about the way they have inspired girls and women and paved the way for the innovators of new generations, defined the White House. Chicana artist Judith Francisca Baca was , Puerto Rican painter and writer Antonio Martorell Cardona, businessman and philanthropist Fred Echaner, singer Gladys Knight or the Billie Holiday Theater National Medal of the Humanities work of those who have contributed to a deepening understanding of this field and the commitment of citizens to history, literature or philosophy, among other fields included in this Another White House class, and singer Elton John received the same medal last September, corresponding to 2022. This time Cuban-born author and poet Richard Blanco was decorated with “a narrative vessel that defies the boundaries of culture, gender, or class,” as he did “They make this country a better home,” summed up “they make this country a better home,” historian Earl Lewis, and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Colson Whitehead summed up Biden, who emphasized that the White House is a theater The ceremony, “sacred” not only as the residence of the presidential family, but also as the “home of the people.” (c) EFE Agency

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