Bob Dylan awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

(JTA) — American singer, songwriter and New Orleans resident Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 23, 1975:  Singer/Songwriter Bob Dylan performs at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, California, March 23, 1975.  (Photo by Alvan Meyerowitz/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Bob Dylan performing at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, March 23, 1975. (Alvan Meyerowitz/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Dylan,75, was recognized for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy, which is responsible for choosing the Nobel laureates in literature, announced Thursday.

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman and raised Jewish in Minnesota, Dylan wrote some of the most influential and well-known songs of the 1960s. His hits include “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Times They Are a-Changin’.”

Among his many honors are an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his original song “Things Have Changed” from the movie “Wonder Boys,” 12 Grammy Awards including one for Lifetime Achievement and a 1988 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Dylan received Kennedy Center Honors in 1997 and was also awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 by President Obama.

Dylan is the first American to receive the prize in more than 20 years; novelist Toni Morrison won in 1993. He will receive the $927,740 prize in Stockholm on Dec. 10, which is Alfred Nobel’s birthday.

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