Dylan was given the award for creating ‘new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition’.
Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The prize was awarded by the Swedish Academy in Stockholm which said the 75-year-old received the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
During Alfred Nobel’s final years, he wrote a series of fictional stories and literature was the fourth prize the scientist mentioned in his will, which read: “The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: /- – -/ one part to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction…”
The prize has been awarded to 113 Nobel Laureates since 1901. Dylan was born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota and grew up in Hibbing. After he moved to New York in 1961 he met record producer John Hammond and signed a contract for his
debut album, Bob Dylan in 1962. He has released 37 studio albums, with the latest being Fallen Angels, released in May 2016.