Bob Dylan Wins 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature


Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday.

The 75-year-old music legend was cited for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” He will receive a prize of $927,740.

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, Dylan became prolific songwriter and penned some of the most influential songs of the 1960s. His hits include “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

The prize will be formally presented to Dylan and other winners on Dec. 10.

The 2015 winner was Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian writer is one of only 14 women to have been selected for the honor since 1901.

Literature was the last of this year’s Nobel prizes to be awarded.

It is named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.