Rocker John Mellencamp has been awarded the Woody Guthrie Prize.
On Wednesday, The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa announced that Mellencamp will be the fifth recipient.
The annual prize is given to an artist who speaks for the less fortunate and serves a positive force for social change.
The center says Mellencamp, "has used his artistic gifts to spread a positive message of hope, equality and freedom."
by speaking for the less fortunate and serving as a positive force for social change.
Mellencamp is an Indiana native and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.