Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature. (Main pic Dylan and Joan Baez). This makes Dylan the first songwriter to win the prestigious award.
The 75-year-old legend received the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
By Dylan’s early 20s, he had taken the folk music world by storm. “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin” became anthems for the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s. Dylan performing Blowin in the Wind Below, live March 1963
Dylan had been mentioned in the Nobel speculation for years, but few experts expected the academy to extend the prestigious award to a genre such as popular music.
He was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota in a Jewish middle-class family and was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his contributions to music and American culture.
The literature award was the last of this year’s Nobel Prizes to be announced.
The six awards will be handed out on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.
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