Honoured by the American people
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John Williams: 15 facts about the great composer
14. Honoured by the American people
U.S. President Barack Obama presented the 2009 National Medal of Arts to John Williams on 25 February 2010, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Medal is the highest honour specifically given for achievement in the arts conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the American people. Williams received it for his achievements in symphonic music for films, and 'as a pre-eminent composer and conductor [whose] scores have defined and inspired modern movie-going for decades.'