Bryn Mawr College to honor rocker Patti Smith

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Patti Smith. - PHOTO: Provided Bryn Mawr

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The award. - IMAGE: Provided

Rock music veteran Patti Smith will be honored by Bryn Mawr College for her artistic accomplishments and pioneering spirit.

The women's liberal arts school near Philadelphia announced that Smith will receive the 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal.

The college called Smith "a trailblazer in the male-dominated world of rock 'n' roll." She also wrote a critically acclaimed memoir in 2010.

Bryn Mawr will award the Hepburn Medal to Smith at a campus event on Feb. 7. A performance for students is being planned.

The medal is given to women who embody "the intelligence, drive and independence" of the Oscar-winning college alumna for whom it is named.

Hepburn graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1928. Previous winners include actresses Lauren Bacall and Blythe Danner.

The college's announcement said: 

Smith has produced a body of work whose influence branches out through generations, across disciplines, and around the world. She is a poet, writer, singer, songwriter, photographer and fine artist. Blazing onto the music scene in the mid-70s, Smith forged a reputation as one of the decade's first visionary artists—merging poetry and rock in vital new ways. Her 1975 debut album, "Horses," is routinely ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame. Her accomplishments also include the 2010 National Book Award in NonFiction for her memoir "Just Kids."