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- Posted on Dec 7th 2009 6:00AM by Stephen Dowling
"I'm the president but he's The Boss," the president quipped as he introduced the star.
"We worked really hard for our music to be part of American life and our fans' lives," said Springsteen, 60. "So it's an acknowledgement that you've kind of threaded your way into the culture in a certain way. It's satisfying," he added.
Some of Springsteen's tracks were sung by John Mellencamp, Jennifer Nettles, Melissa Etheridge and Sting at the ceremony.
Actor Robert De Niro, comic Mel Brooks, jazz star Dave Brubeck and opera singer Grace Bumbry were also awarded honours.
The Kennedy recognises figures from the arts world for their contribution to US culture. A televised show of the ceremony is to be shown on the CBS network in the US on Dec. 29.