Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan awarded 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Musician Bob Dylan onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

The Nobel Committee’s permanent secretary Sara Danius said Dylan, 75, “is a great poet in the English-speaking tradition.” She drew parallels between his work and that of ancient Greek poets Homer and Sappho.

4 Fast Facts

  • Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Nobel official said Dylan, 75, is a “great poet in the English-speaking tradition”
  • Dylan is an unconventional choice for the award
  • He’s the 108th winner of the prestigious award

Dylan, 75, was born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1941.

He may be viewed by some as an unconventional winner since he is not in the established canon of literary writers.

Dylan is the 108th winner of the most prestigious literature award in the world.

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