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October 13, 2016 – The 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Bob Dylan was born in 1941 in Minnesota and is known in particular for his particular style of music. He is a prolific singer/song writer as well as an artist and author, and has even spent time as a radio presenter.

After growing up in Hibbing, where he played with various bands, he moved to New York City in 1961 and started performing in the clubs and cafés in Greenwich Village. He went on to record a number of albums and his tours in 1965 and 1966 attracted a huge amount of attention. Since then he has played all over the world, and his work has been featured in many films. His last, 37th, album was released in May 2016 called Fallen Angels.

His music, especially, has been hugely influential over the years, especially his early work which became anthems for the American civil rights movements in the 1960s. Over time he has won many awards for his work including Oscars and Academy Awards and the Polar Music Prize.

The prize was announced by Professor Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, this prize has now been awarded 109 times to 113 laureates