Music icon Bob Dylan wins Nobel for literature

He is the first musician ever to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the first American to pick up the prize since novelist Toni Morrison, author of the novels Jazz, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, who won in 1993. Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature, .

'He is probably the greatest living poet, ' Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg said.

Sara Danius, permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, said in a video interview posted on the Academy's website, that Dylan is "a great poet". "And you realize that he is great at rhyming, great at putting together refrains and great at poetic images", she told AFP.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls the award "fantastic" and says he will issue a proclamation honoring Dylan, who was born in Duluth and grew up in Hibbing.

Much of his best-known work dates from the 1960s when he became an informal historian of America's troubles. It's, no doubt, going to generate controversy over what counts as literature.

FILE - This July 22, 2012, file photo shows US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan performing onstage at "Les Vieilles Charrues" Festival in Carhaix, western France.

The news that he has been chosen for the honour was met with vast excitement.

In his will, prize founder Alfred Nobel wrote that the literature award should go "to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction". Dylan is the brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition.

Dylan taught himself to play the guitar, harmonica and piano.

"Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear".

The Nobel Prize in Literature is worth $906,000.

Dylan, 75, is widely regarded as the most influential poet-musician of his generation.

"I think it's more of a minority, now that he's got increasing respect for all of the different kinds of songs that he sings".

Singer Adnan Sami congratulated Dylan saying that he deserves the honour.

"The 60s were a very tumultuous times of change and people had these deep inner feelingsand somehow Bob Dylan was able to tap into those feelings and nearly sing about them before they happened and capture how people were feeling but weren't able to state themselves", he said. "Wonderful news. My hero!"

Dylan also published several collections containing his artwork in partnership with major worldwide galleries, such as New York's Gagosian and London's National Portrait Gallery.

Singer Vishal Dadlani posted: "Can't even express my joy!"

Asked if he thought Dylan's Nobel lecture - traditionally given by the laureate in Stockholm later in the year - would be a concert, replied: "Let's hope so". "This is awesome! His songs shaped the meaning of freedom for me". Although Dylan was an unconventional choice, the panel judged the breadth and depth of Dylan's songwriting work when awarding the prize.

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