Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy announced the American Singer-Songwriter winner today thereby concluding on the 2016 Nobel Season.
The Permanent Secretary of the Academy Sara Danian said Dylan had created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition. She also praised his creative output over five decades, including his constant reinvention of himself. She added that Dylan is an icon with a profound influence on contemporary music.
This year, the Sweden-based body registered about 220 proposals that were later cut to a short list of five. The 74-year-old becomes the first musician to win the $930,000 prize. He had been mentioned in the speculation for years, but not seen as a potential winner. Few experts expected the academy to extend the award to a genre such as pop music. Even bookmaker Ladbrokes, gave him odds of 50/1. Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, won the award in 2015.
This year, the literature prize was the last of the six Nobels to be announced, following those for medicine, physics, chemistry, peace and economics.
The six awards will be handed out on December 10, to commemorate the anniversary of Alfred Nobel, the prize founder.
Bob Dylan: The Man
Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota. He is regarded by many as the voice of a generation for his influential music and lyrics after his first album, “Bob Dylan” in 1962.
He has won collected 10 Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe and one Academy Award.