Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Vatican newspaper says some of Bob Dylan's lyrics are handsome, the work of a true artist who influenced entire generations.

"Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear".

Dylan beats American novelists Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oats, Don DeLillo and perennial favorite, Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature!

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".

Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said he was chosen because Dylan is a "great poet in the English speaking tradition".

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"Millennial populations furiously Googling who Bob Dylan is", Kabir Taneja posted on Twitter. "Bob Dylan such a handsome news".

Dylan's impact on popular culture was huge and his influence as a lyricist extends to every major music figure and songwriter of the last 50 years, from the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Ed Sheeran and beyond. "People thought I was insane or really out of line" to suggest that Dylan should be awarded such a prize. I wish the world leaders listen to his songs be it "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They are A-Changin'".

"From Orpheus to Faiz, song & poetry have been closely linked".

A later series of albums, returning Dylan to traditional roots American styles accompanied by lyrics reflecting his own mortality have won him recent acclaim. "Great choice", Rushdie tweeted.

Here is Dylan in 2000 completing his change cycle.

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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Dylan has scooped one of the world's most prestigious cultural awards, but some aren't convinced that he deserves it.

"What a joy that Bob Dylan got the Nobel for literature".

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet congratulated Dylan, saying "many fond memories from my adolescence are associated with his music".

Bob Dylan was named the victor 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 75-year-old rock musician is the first American to be awarded the prize since novelist Toni Morrison received it back in 1993, and he received it for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Literature was the last of this year's Nobel prizes to be awarded. Nobel Prize. Literature. I pray many more generations strive to be made literate by this genius.

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He will receive the award at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on December 10, the anniversary of the death of the founder of the prize, Alfred Nobel.

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