Bob Dylan has received one of the biggest honors in the world: the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, Washington Post reports. The rock legend made history by becoming the first musician to be awarded the honor, which he was given Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
Dylan is also the first American to win the prize since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993. The artist was honored with the award in Stockholm, Sweden. It comes as a welcomed surprise, since his songwriting doesn't fit the traditional standard of novels, poetry and short stories.
Sara Danius, the Swedish Academy's permanent secretary, said the 75-year-old "embodies the tradition. And for 54 years, he’s been at it, reinventing himself, creating a new identity.” She also compared his work to ancient Greek poets:
“It’s an extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming and his pictorial thinking. If you look back, far back, you discover Homer and Sappho, and they wrote poetic texts that were meant to be listened to. They were meant to be performed. It’s the same way with Bob Dylan. But we still read Homer and Sappho. He can be read and should be read. He is a great poet in the grand English tradition. I know the music, and I’ve started to appreciate him much more now. Today, I’m a lover of Bob Dylan."
According to the Post, the musician will also receive an 18-karat gold medal and a check for around $925,000. Below, watch Fuse's chat with singer George Ezra, where he discusses his love for Bob Dylan: