American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is named the shock winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Bob Dylan, 75, becomes the first musician in the 115-year history of the Nobel to win the prize in literature. Also he first American to win since Toni Morrison in 1993. He was honoured for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
The Guardian reports that secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius says:
“The times they are a’changing, perhaps. Of course he [deserves the award] – he’s just got it.
He’s a great poet in the English-speaking tradition. And he is a wonderful sampler, a very original sampler. He embodies the tradition and for 54 years now he has been at it, reinventing himself constantly, creating a new identity.”
Bob Dylan as a musician to get this award was a big shocking surprise for everyone. The 75-year-old artist will receive his award in Stockholm on December 10.