The Bruce Springsteen Timeline

May 5 1997

Bruce receives the Polar Music Prize, a Swedish award which is considered among the finest music awards in the world, on par with the Nobel Prize. The Swedish King hands it over, and in the evening Bruce performs two songs at the official dinner.

March 15 1999

Bruce is inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Bono of U2 gives the induction speech and Bruce himself calls the entire E Street Band onstage to share the big moment. Later that evening they perform four songs for the crowd. This is the band's first performance for an audience since September 1995.

January 11 2009

Bruce wins his second Golden Globe award of his career when "The Wrestler" becomes the best song in a movie.

December 6 2009

Bruce receives the Kennedy Center Honors in a ceremony in Washington DC. Bruce himself and President Obama are both present at the event, which includes performances of Springsteen's music by Sting, John Mellencamp, Jennifer Nettles and Melissa Etheridge.

November 22 2016

In what may be the biggest honor of his life, Bruce Springsteen receives the Presidential Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony. The medal is presented by President Obama personally. Bruce is one among several honorees. They include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Diana Ross, and Bill Gates.

Obama's remarks about Springsteen: "He was sprung from a cage out on Highway 9. Quiet kid from Jersey, just trying to make sense of the temples of dreams and the mystery that dotted his hometown: poolhalls, bars, girls and cars, altars and assembly lines. And for decades, Bruce Springsteen has brought us all along on a journey consumed with the bargains between ambition and injustice, and pleasure and pain, the simple glories and scattered heartbreak of everyday life in America.

To create one of his biggest hits, he once said, "I wanted to craft a record that sounded like the last record on Earth. The last one you'd ever need to hear. One glorious noise. Then the Apocalypse." Every restless kid in America was given a story, "Born to Run."

He didn't stop there - once he told us about himself, he told us about everybody else: the steelworker in "Youngstown," the Vietnam vet in "Born in the U.S.A.," the sick and marginalized on the "Streets of Philadelphia," the firefighter carrying the weight of a reeling but resilient nation on "The Rising," the young soldier reckoning with "Devils & Dust" in Iraq, the communities knocked down by recklessness and greed and the "Wrecking Ball." All of us with our faults and our failings, every color and class and creed, bound together by one defiant, restless train rolling toward the "Land of Hope and Dreams." These are all anthems of our America, the reality of who we are and the reverie of who we want to be.

"The hallmark of a rock 'n' roll band," Bruce Springsteen once said, "is that the narrative you tell together is bigger than anyone could have told on your own." And for decades - alongside the Big Man, Little Steven, a Jersey girl named Patti, and all the men and women of the E Street Band - Bruce Springsteen has been carrying the rest of us on his journey, asking us all, What is the work for us to do in our short time here?

I am the President, he is the Boss. And pushing 70, he is still laying down four-hour live sets- if you have not been at them, he is working. Firebreathing rock 'n' roll. So I thought twice about giving him a medal for freedom, because we hope he remains, in his words, a "prisoner of rock 'n' roll" for years to come."