Bob Dylan has become the first rock star to be voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an elite club of artists established more than 100 years ago.
Executive director Virginia Dajani tells the Associated Press that officials couldn't decide whether he belonged to the honor society for his words or his music, so they settled on making him an honorary member.
Dylan joins the likes of Meryl Streep, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, who made a documentary about Dylan.
Other honorary choices announced Tuesday are Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, South African writer Damon Galgut and Belgian artist Luc Tuymans.
At 71 years old, the Minnesota native released his 35th studio album last September and is scheduled to be on tour through May.