Iconic 75-year-old American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. He beat the likes of Japanese author Haruki Murakami, American novelist Philip Roth and Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o (never mind that the actual list of nominees shall be kept secret for 50 years).
The Nobel Committee said in a statement that Dylan had “recorded a large number of albums revolving around topics like the social conditions of man, religion, politics and love” and that his words have repeatedly been republished.
Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941 and released his first album titled ‘Bob Dylan’ in 1962. His second album called ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ was released in 1963.
The enigmatic musician has since amassed 10 Grammy Awards (including one Album of the Year); one Golden Globe and one Academy Award.
When US President Barack Obama presented Dylan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, he said, “I remember, you know,in college, listening to Bob Dylan and my world opening up, ’cause he captured something about this country that was so vital.”
Dylan has now become the 108th winner of the most prestigious literature award in the world and is the first American to be honoured with it after author Toni Morrison in 1993.