Bob Dylan, the legendary US songwriter and singer, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature 2016 for creating new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition. Announcing the Nobel prize for the 75-year-old American rock legend, the Nobel Prize committee said he has “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
Born in 1941 as Robert Allen Zimmerman, Bob started his musical journey in 1959, starting with playing the Minnesota coffe houses.
Bob’s journey has been an inspiration for generations, not only in the US but across the world. With his songs, Bob had become “an informal historian of America’s troubles”, comments BBC. Bob’s songs like ‘Blowin in the wind and The Time They A-Changin’ were like anthems of anti-war and civil rights movements in the US.
Bob changed the face of traditional folk songwriting by going electric and as the Nobel prize news broke on Twitter today, the Twitterati were no less electrified.
Here are what some of them tweeted:
I’m confused but happy with the #NobelPrize for Bob Dylan. It is true his words influence us every day, still.
— Herrera Dimaté (@HerreraDimate) October 13, 2016
Saw that Bob Dylan was trending & I feared the worst. But it’s because he’s been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. Congrats Bob!
— NUFF$AID (@nuffsaidNY) October 13, 2016
— wortwicht (@wortwicht) October 13, 2016
— Phaestus (@Phaestus1) October 13, 2016
Congrats Bob Dylan, you are the first musician and irreplaceable! Nobel Prize for Literature! I got the Homesick Blues!
— provec (@provec) October 13, 2016
#NobelPrizeLiterature goes to the great poet Bob Dylan. The thing truly are a-changing!
— Philippe Faes (@faes_be) October 13, 2016
— LinneaSjostrand (@LinneaSjostrand) October 13, 2016
Over the years Bob has won several prizes including the Oscar and Grammy awards. Nobel prize is certainly the perfect tribute to the legend. May he continue giving the world more.