Obama Is Honoring A Bunch Of Your Favorite Celebs With The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

You get a medal! You get a medal! Everybody gets a medal!

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor in the US and is awarded annually to people who've made significant contributions to the country.

On Wednesday, the White House announced the names of the 21 people President Barack Obama has decided to honor with his last round of medals.

It's a LONG list.

"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," Obama said in a statement.

Here's who will be honored at the Nov. 22 ceremony at the White House:

1. TV host and LGBT activist Ellen DeGeneres

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2. Former NBA star and social justice advocate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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3. Actor Robert De Niro

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4. Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates

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5. Singer and entertainment icon Diana Ross

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6. Actor (and America's dad) Tom Hanks

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7. The Boss, Bruce Springsteen

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8. Actress Cicely Tyson

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9. NBA legend Michael Jordan

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10. Actor and director Robert Redford

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11. Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels

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12. Architect Frank Gehry

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13. Baseball broadcaster Vin Scully

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The president is also honoring a few other incredible people, whose names you might not be as familiar with. They include:

14. Physicist and scientific advisor Richard Garwin

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Garwin was presented with a National Medal of Science in 2003.

15. Native American community leader Elouise Cobell

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Cobell died in 2011, but the medal will be awarded posthumously.

16. Artist and the designer of the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial Maya Lin

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17. Former NASA mathematician and computer scientist Margaret H. Hamilton

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18. Computer programmer Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

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Hopper died in 1992, but the medal will be awarded posthumously.

19. Lawyer and former FCC chairman Newt Minow

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20. And President of Miami Dade College Eduardo Padrón

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Congrats, all!



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