American singer & songwriter Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature.
Thursday’s announcement was a shock to some, since it’s the first time the honour has been bestowed on a musician.
Sara Danius, the academy’s permanent secretary, rationalized the move saying Dylan performs poetry in the form of songs. She went on to say it’s no different from the ancient Greeks, whose works were often performed to music.
Dylan was born, Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota.
In 1960, Zimmerman dropped out of college at the end of his first year, and moved to New York where he played at clubs around Greenwich Village.
Not long after he signed a management contract with music entreprenuer Albert Grossman, and released his first album, Bob Dylan, in March 1962.
The literature award was the last of this year’s Nobel Prizes to be announced. The six awards will be handed out on December 10th.
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