Legendary Singer Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel prize literature(Video)

- 10/15/2016
 In a decision that is both a surprise and an absolute delight, Legendary Singer Bob Dylan wins the Nobel prize for Literature 2016.
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This makes the beloved singer the first musician to be awarded the prestigious literary prize that has over a 100 year history.

He's been on the Nobel radar for quite some time. But although he had been mentioned in Nobel speculation for years, many experts had ruled him out, thinking the academy wouldn't extend its more than a century-old award to the world of music.

Dylan is a poet with lyrics. They were wrong. The academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, said while Dylan performs his poetry in the form of songs, that's no different from the ancient Greeks, whose works were often performed to music.

"Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear," she said. "But it's perfectly fine to read his works as poetry."
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Danius told The Associated Press that a "great majority" on the 18-member Nobel panel voted for Dylan. She said her personal favorites among Dylan's songs include "Chimes of Freedom" and "Visions of Johanna," and suggested that people unfamiliar with Dylan's music start by listening to his 1966 album "Blonde on Blonde."

Loads of fans from around the world share their thoughts, their congratulations and their critisms of Dylan's award.
Writers, musicians and even heads of state commented on the Nobel academy's choice on Twitter. British author Salman Rushdie, whose name is often mentioned in the Nobel Literature Prize speculation, called Dylan "the brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition. Great choice."

Big fan. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet congratulated Dylan, saying "many fond memories from my adolescence are associated with his music."
Legendary Singer Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel prize for Literature
Not everyone was thrilled by it. Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh was less impressed, however.

"I'm a Dylan fan, but this is an ill conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies," he tweeted.

Bob has a history of poetic lyrics that marked important moments over the decades. Lyrics from scores of Dylan songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind," ''Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again," ''My Back Pages" and "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," have worked their way into the public lexicon over the years, becoming repeated over and over, much in the manner of lines from Shakespearean plays.

The literary value of Dylan's texts are also supported by "The Norton Introduction to Literature," a textbook used in American high schools and universities, which includes the lyrics to Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man."
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A brief history of the legend called Dylan. Born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, Dylan grew up in a Jewish middle-class family.

By his early 20s, he had taken the folk music world by storm. From that time on, he would constantly reinvent himself — often enraging followers in the process — but then later winning them back and adding new admirers. His career was such a complicated pastiche of elusive, ever-changing styles that it took six actors to portray him in the 2007 movie based on his life, "I'm Not There."

He has won awards before. He won an Academy Award in 2001 for the song "Things Have Changed" and received a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1991. In 2008, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his contributions to music and American culture.


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