In a decision that was met by gasps throughout the Royal Academy Hall in Stockholm, Bob Dylan has just become the first singer/songwriter in history to take home the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature.
Marking the second year in a row the Prize has shied away from traditional novelists and poets, the judges awarding the prize were of the opinion that Dylan should be treated with the same respect as other authorities in modern literature, with Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg remarking “He is probably the greatest living poet.”
Topping off a remarkable career and unbelievable life story, Bob Dylan has just added the Nobel Prize for Literature to his long list of accolades.
Bob Dylan’s musical career started in the small time as a folk singer out of Minnesota, but he eventually became the political voice of a generation. Famously making opposition to the Vietnam War with songs like The Times They Are a-Changin’ and A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall, Dylan was also a hard activist during the American civil rights movement of the 60s and 70s.
His achievements are too numerous to list, but there’s no doubt that Dylan is one of the most important and influential musicians of our time, and will likely be remembered for many years to come.