American writer-singer Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy cited the musician for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” The prize is worth 8 million Swedish crown ($927,740).
Literature was the last of this year’s Nobel prizes to be awarded. The prize is named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will. The six awards will be handed out on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel’s death in 1896.
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 pop music.
(With inputs from Reuters and AP)