Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1(STOCKHOLM) — Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
In this morning’s announcement in Stockholm, Sweden, the 75-year-old legendary singer and songwriter was lauded “for having created new poetic expressions within the Great American song tradition.”
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 13, 2016
Traditionally awarded to poets, novelists, playwrights and short-story authors, Dylan joins literary greats including Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Toni Morrison in winning the Nobel Prize. He’s the first American to do so since novelist Morrison’s 1993 win.
The Nobel Prize comes not only with prestige, but with cash — an award of about $900,000 U.S.
Dylan has received dozens of honors celebrating his body of work over his more than half-century career, among them membership in the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame. He won a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize committee eight years ago, and President Barack Obama presented Dylan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
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