Bob Dylan just added to his legacy by winning the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature.
The announcement came on Thursday and represents the first time a Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded to someone primarily seen as a musician. The Swedish Academy cited the American musician for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
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“If you look back, far back, 2,500 years or so, you discover Homer and Sappho and they wrote poetic texts that were meant to be listened to, that were meant to be performed, often with instruments — and it’s the same way with Bob Dylan,” said the Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary, Sara Danius.
Discussing why the Nobel Committee chose Dylan, they said in a statement that Dylan had “recorded a large number of albums revolving around topics like the social conditions of man, religion, politics and love,” noting Dylan’s words have repeatedly been republished.
“As an artist, he is strikingly versatile; he has been active as painter, actor and scriptwriter,” the statement added.
Bob Dylan is now the 108th winner of the most prestigious literature award in the world. Dylan is also the first American to be awarded the accolade since author Toni Morrison in 1993.