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Diana Ross, Ellen DeGeneres Among Recipients of 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom
Public Domain/Gavin Bond for OUT
November 16 2016 2:55 PM EST
March 12 2019 1:28 AM EST
Finally, Diana Ross's contributions to our national security are being recognized.
Miss Ross is among the recipients of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, Obama's last chance to honor those "who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."
This year's honorees include Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert DeNiro, Bill and Melinda Gates, Tom Hanks, Lorne Michaels, Robert Redford, Cicely Tyson, and Bruce Springsteen--basically, your standard national treasures.
"The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation's highest civilian honor--it's a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better," President Obama said in a statement.
"From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way."
The awards will be presented at The White House on November 22, but if your invite gets lost in the mail, you can live stream it here.