Legendary Singer Bob Dylan on Thursday won the Nobel Prize for literature 2016. The Swedish award academy said that Dylan gets the Nobel prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. Dylan was awarded 8 million Swedish crowns, approximately $ 927,740 as the prize. Literature was 2016’s last Nobel prize to have been awarded. The Nobel Prize is named after Alfred Nobel, the inventor of Dynamite.
Dylan has been a very important part of the pop culture all around the world since the early 1960s. A lot of his legendary works have been songs based on social unrest. Although, when asked if he was the voice of the generation, he politely refused. The 75-year old Dylan has been a recipient of many prestigious awards, including one Academy Award in 2001 in the best original song category, for the song, “Things have changed” for the movie, Wonder Boys. Dylan has also received multiple Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. In May 2000, Dylan received the Polar Music Prize from Sweden’s King Carl XV.
Dylan is remembered in history books as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. In 2008, The Pulitzer Prize jury awarded Dylan with a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Nobel Academy told reporters that they were all united in the decision to grant Dylan the Nobel Prize. The Nobel is the latest amongst the many accomplishments and awards the legend that earned during his decades’ long career.