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Bruce Springsteen, first international songwriter to become a member of the Ivors Academy

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Bruce Springsteen has been made a Fellow of the UK’s Ivors Academy – the first international songwriter to do so.

THE American icon74, was named the recipient of the academy’s highest honor next Tuesday in recognition of the impact his career has had on the UK’s cultural landscape.

The Born to Run musician has sold more than 140 million records worldwide and won 20 GrammysA Oscar and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

US President Joe Biden presents singer Bruce Springsteen with a National Medal of Arts during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 21, 2023. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Joe Biden presented Springsteen with the National Medal of Arts at the White House last March. Photo: Reuters

Springsteen said in a statement: “In addition to recognizing my writing, this award is a tribute to the fans and friends who have supported me and my work over the past 50 years.

“This entire country has made me feel welcome at every step, and for that, I will always remain deeply grateful.”

The Boss has released 21 studio albums – from his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ in 1973 to his latest Only the Strong Survive in 2022.

Springsteen announced in September that he was suspending touring, citing his doctor’s advice as he recovered from a peptic ulcer.

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But he returned to the stage in the United States last week with the E Street Band for a set that lasted nearly three hours.

The musician will receive his last prize at Ivory ceremony in London on May 23, where the winner of the Ivor Novello 2024 will also be announced.

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Springsteen becomes the 27th member of the academy – the UK’s professional association of music makers – joining previously inducted songwriting icons including Sir Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Sir Elton John and Sting.

Although he is the only songwriter from outside Britain, the scholarship also includes the American composer John Adams and the French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez.

Named after the early 20th century Welsh composer, actor and recording artist Ivor Novello, the Ivor Awards were first presented in 1956.

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