was handed a trophy by former President Jimmy Carter at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala after a number of stars like , , , and delivered their renditions of his hit singles. In his speech, Dylan poked fun at his critics and praised his idols.
"My songs had detractors and supporters," he said as quoted by USA Today. "The last thing I thought about was who cared what song I was writing. I was just writing them. I didn't think I was doing anything different. I thought I was just extending the line."