James Taylor has been honoured with the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, an award given by the French government to "recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as individuals who have contributed to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world."

From James Taylor's official site:

The award was established in May of 1957 by the country's Minister of Culture and is given to French citizens 30 year old and older or foreign artists of any age. There are three grades of the award, Commander (up to 20 awards per year), Officer (up to 60) and Knight or Chevalier (up to 200). It is possible to move up to a higher award after five years with the demonstration of further meritorious activity.

Notable musicians who have previously received awards include:

Commander - Bob Dylan, Patti Smith
Officer - Van Morrison, Frederica von Stade
Knight - Philip Glass, Juanes, Kylie Minogue, Andre Rieu

Taylor will formally receive the award on a future date at the French Embassy in New York.

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