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Meryl Streep and Stevie Wonder to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama will confer the awards to 19 Americans for their contributions to their various fields

By Andrea Tim | Published: 12 Nov 2014

Meryl's medal
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US President Barack Obama announced on Monday that actress Meryl Streep and musician Stevie Wonder are among 19 Americans who will receive this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award conferred in the United States.

"These citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world," Obama said in a statement, as he looks forward to presenting the "19 bold, inspiring Americans" with the honour.

Meryl's shelves must be groaning under the weight of all the awards she has won over the years – including three Oscars, thank you very much; a testament to her success as an actress. So must R&B legend Stevie's, with his 22 Grammy Awards placing him sixth in the record for the most Grammys won in a lifetime.

The awards ceremony, which will also see Broadway composer and Into the Woods genius Steven Sondheim receive the same honour, will take place at the White House on 24 November 2014.

Related: Meryl Streep on Hollywood's idea of beauty
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