STORY: Great honor for Bruce Springsteen. US President Joe Biden has awarded the rock musician and many other cultural figures the National Medal of Arts. “Bruce Springsteen, poet, troubadour and chronicler of American life, resilience, hopes and dreams. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with 20 Grammys, an Oscar, a Tony and love from millions of fans across generations.” Soul diva Gladys Knight, fashion designer Vera Wang and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who starred as US Vice President in the series “Veep”, also received the country’s highest cultural prize. “I have to talk to Julia later and find out if she would rather be vice president or president.” While honoring writer Colson Whitehead, Biden joked about his own career plans. “Colson Whitehead, one of the first and only novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize for two consecutive works. How the hell did you do that? Very, very good, man. I’m looking for a sequel like that myself. ” The next presidential elections will take place in 2024.