Bob Dylan inspired a generation and continues to influence the younger lot with his works and songs. Considered as one of the most influential voices, Dylan may have had detractors when it came to his singing and live performances, but no one can deny the magic he created through his politically liberating lyrics for times that are a-changin’. But, really, no one saw this coming.
The announcement was made, followed by gasps and then some audible laughter from the audience – Bob Dylan, at age 75, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature 2016! He is the first singer-songwriter to win one of the, if not THE, most prestigious award that usually goes to authors and literary composers. Previous award have included the likes of Winston Churchill, Rudyard Kipling, among others.
He was the winner of the award, announced in Stockholm, for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. The will receive an amount of $930,000 as the prize winner and the Academy said: “Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound”. The “icon” was not present at the event where the announcement was made, but it’s only left to be seen if he accepts it or not or what poetic speech he might give at the ceremony where he will need to accept his award, and maybe drone on in live concert.
Not everyone is happy with the announcement nor the nominees – any female nominee is conspicuously absent from the list. Check out the other winners for the Nobel Prize 2016 in various categories:
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 – David J Thouless, F Duncan M Haldane and J Michael Kosterlitz
“for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter”.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 – Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L Feringa
“for the design and synthesis of molecular machines”.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 – Bob Dylan
“for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
The Nobel Peace Prize 2016 – Juan Manuel Santos
“for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end”.
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2016 – Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström
“for their contributions to contract theory”.