Congratulations are in order! Bob Dylan made history when he was announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature on Oct. 13. The singer is the first American to win the award since 1993.
The Nobel Prize committee shocked everyone when they awarded Bob Dylan, 75, the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016. He becomes the first person primarily seen as a musician to win the award, and although his name had been speculated as a nominee for a few years, it was pretty unexpected for him to actually be named the winner.
Bob was given the honor “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” according to the official press release from the Swedish Academy. Sara Danius, the Secretary of the Swedish Academy, announced Bob as the winner, describing him as “A great sampler and for 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself.”
This win breaks America’s 23-year long streak — novelist Toni Morrison was the last to win back in 1993. Including Bob, only nine Americans have ever won.
This award has been given out since 1901 for writers who produce “the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.” Bob will be given $900,000, as well as an inclusion on the list of Nobel winners, of course. He will be given the award on Dec. 10 in Sweden, but there’s definitely cause for celebration before then!
Recent winners of this honor include Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarussian journalist, in 2015, Patrick Modiano, a French novelist, in 2014 and Alice Munro, who writes Canadian short stories, in 2013. 2016’s other Nobel Prize winners are Yoshinori Ohsumi (Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine), David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane & J. Michael Kosterlitz (Nobel Prize in Physics), Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart & Bernard L. Feringa (Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Juan Manuel Santos (Nobel Peace Prize) and Oliver Hart & Bengt Holmstrom (Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science).
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Bob winning the award? Do you think he was a good choice? Were you shocked by the decision?