• 2014 Polar Music Prize
  • 2012 PEN Literary Award Winner
  • 2002 BMI ICON award winner; other winners were Little Richard and Bo Diddley
  • 1987 Receives a star on Hollywood Boulevard in California
  • 1989 Honored with a star on Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1985 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1985 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards
  • 1982 Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame