Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, being the first American to win since Toni Morrison won in 1993.
According to the statement from Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Nobel Prize Academy committee, Bob Dylan won the prize for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
Bod Dylan is also the first musician to win the Nobel Prize for his lyrics.
Bob Dylan, 75 years old, was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941. To say that he has a status of a star would be an understatement. According to the Nobel Prize academy, Bod Dylan "has the status of an icon," and "His influence on contemporary music is profound, and he is the object of a steady stream of secondary literature."
In an interview with the media, following the announcement of the award, Sara Danius added that Bob Dylan is: "a great poet in the English-speaking tradition, and he is a wonderful sampler — a very original sampler," having reinvented himself and creating a new years. Bob Dylan has produced multiple albums, including The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks.
He won multiple awards, including an Academy Award, Grammys, a Golden Globe and a Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S. Beyond music, he has been a vocal human rights activist, since the 1960's. His songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin" became anthems for the American Civil Rights and anti-war movements.