Punk queen Patti Smith honored in Paris

July 11, 2005 at 10:52 AM

PARIS, July 11 (UPI) -- France's ministry of culture has honored U.S. punk rock icon Patti Smith with its top honor for her contribution to music.

In bestowing the Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters on Smith in Paris Sunday, Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres called her "one of the most influential artists in women's rock 'n' roll," the BBC reported.

Smith, 58, accepted the award from her "most spiritual side."

"I have vowed to live up to this honor in my work and my conduct," she said. "I can't explain what I feel like. It has uplifted me, and I will work very hard to earn it."

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