Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Literature Prize

American music legend Bob Dylan won the Nobel Literature Prize, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award and an announcement that stunned prize watchers. Dylan, 75, was honoured “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy said. The choice was met by gasps and a long round of applause from journalists attending the prize announcement.

The folk singer has been mentioned in Nobel speculation in past years, but was never seen as a serious contender. The Academy’s permanent secretary Sara Danius said Dylan’s songs were “poetry for the ears.” The Nobel award is the latest accolade for a singer who has come a long way from his humble beginnings, as Robert Allen Zimmerman, born in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, who taught himself to play the harmonica, guitar and piano.


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