Singer and Songwriter (and Minnesota native) Bob Dylan has been named the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy, who presents the awards says of Bob Dylan’s contribution for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
75 year old Bob Dylan is the first American to win this award since 1993, when Toni Morrison was named the Nobel Prize Winner.
The Prize comes with a generous purse of 8 million kroner, which is equivalent to approximately $900,000 and is awarded for the entire body of work. Meaning, this award celebrates the entire catalogue of lyrics and poetry written by Bob Dylan. This is unprecedented because Bob Dylan is usually regarded as a musician, but was awarded the title based on his lyrical expression.
Of course, as Minnesotans, we must acknowledge that a good portion of those lyrics were inspired by the land that we call home.
Congrats to Bob Dylan!0