Legendary Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

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US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for Literature “forhaving created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy said on Thursday in awarding the 8 million Swedish crown ($927,740) prize.

The announcement comes as a surprise as Dylan, 75, is now the first songwriter to win the prestigious award.

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Bob Dylan is regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from 1960s onwards.

His songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Masters of War,” “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” “The Times They Are a-Changin,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and “Like a Rolling Stone” captured a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence.

“Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound,” the Swedish Academy said on Thursday, when it awarded the 8million Swedish crown ($930,000) prize.

More than 50 years on, Dylan is still writing songs and is often on tour.


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“He is probably the greatest living poet,” Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg said.

Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Nobel Academy, told a news conference there was “great unity” in the panel’s decision to give Dylan the prize.

Literature was the last of this year’s Nobel prizes to be awarded. The prize is named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.

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