A 17-member council determines whether nominees, which are put forward by gonverment ministers, adhere to the institution’s principles. Grand Chancellor Jean-Louis Georgelin confirmed that Dylan’s nomination has been approved.
Georgelin lauded the American singer as a “tremendous singer and great poet” and an “exceptional artist” on Sunday in a letter to the French newspaper Le Monde.
The grande chancellor also acknowledged to Le Monde that Dylan’s orginal nomination had been tossed out over a “controversy,” but did not expand further. Le Canard Enchaine, a satirical weekly, claimed in May that Dylan’s nomination had been dismissed over the singer’s opposition to the Vietnam War, where France had been a former colonial power, and, supposedly, his purported drug use.
Dylan’s ballads became anthemic to the anti-war and civil rights movements in the U.S. during the 1960s, and established him as a counter-culture icon throughout the world. Dylan was awarded a lower-ranking version of the honor in 1990.