Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition"

By Dave Quinn
Updated October 13, 2016 08:14 AM
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And the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature goes to… Bob Dylan!

That’s right — the 75-year-old folk singer was awarded literature’s biggest prize in Stockholm on Thursday, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

It’s a honor that’s traditionally given to novelists, poets, and short story writers — always for the lifetime of work, rather than for a single piece. It comes with just over $900,000 in prize money.

The legendary musician, born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Minnesota, is known for his anti-war songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin.'” His 37th studio album, Fallen Angels, was released in May.

Dylan is the first American to win since 1993, when Beloved author Toni Morrison claimed the prize. Last year, the Nobel went to Belarussian journalist Svetlana Alexievich.

French novelist Patrick Modiano, Canadian short story writer Alice Munro, Chinese novelist Mo Yan, Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, and Chinese novelist Gao Xingjian are also previous winners.

Fellow rock legend Mick Jagger was quick to congratulate Dylan on Twitter.

The Nobel Prize in Literature was first awarded in 1901 — as established by the will of Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist Alfred Nobel. It’s one of five prizes given. The others are the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Nobel Prize in Physics, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and the Nobel Peace Prize.