Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in literature.


STOCKHOLM (AP) – The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prize in literature to American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan (all times local):

2:40 p.m. – Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh reacted angrily to the awarding of the Nobel Prize for literature to Bob Dylan, embarking on a series of exchanges on Twitter.

“I’m a Dylan fan, but this is an ill conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies,” the “Trainspotting” author wrote.

He continued: “If you’re a ‘music’ fan, look it up in the dictionary. Then ‘literature’. Then compare and contrast.”

He also begged to know if writer Don De Lillo had been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll hall of fame yet.

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2:10 p.m. – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was one of the first to congratulate Bob Dylan on being awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

“What a joy that Bob Dylan got the Nobel for literature. Many fond memories from my adolescence are associated with his music,” she tweeted.

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1 p.m. – Bob Dylan was named the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday in a stunning announcement that for the first time bestowed the prestigious award 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.”

Dylan had been mentioned in the Nobel speculation for years, but few experts expected the academy to extend the prestigious award to a genre such as popular music.

The literature award was the last of this year’s Nobel Prizes to be announced. The six awards will be handed out on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.

Original Story:

The Associated Press is reporting that singer songwriter Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

According to Nobelprize.org, the 75-year-old Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, won the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

 

FILE - In this May 29, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama presents rock legend Bob Dylan with a Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at the White House in Washington. Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, announced Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
FILE – In this May 29, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama presents rock legend Bob Dylan with a Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at the White House in Washington. Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, announced Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

 

Dylan, known for songs including “Blowin’ in the Wind,” received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2012.

 

 

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