Oct 13, 2016
By Michael Kramer
The Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded to American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.
The stunning announcement comes from the Swedish Academy – that for the first time – has bestowed the prestigious award to someone primarily seen as a musician.
The Academy praised Dylan for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
Dylan had been mentioned in the Nobel speculation for years – but very few experts expected the Academy to extend the renowned award – to a genre such as popular music.
The literature award was the last of the 2016 Nobel Prizes to be announced. The six awards will be handed out on December 10th – the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.