Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in 2016 for literature. His great American songs have been described as having having "new poetic expressions in the American song tradition." The Swedish Academy nominated the 75-year-old American songwriter, singer, artist and writer for the award which he can now add to his 11 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. Other accolades granted to him include a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

Dylan - musician, writer and artist

Dylan has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Less known is the fact that he has also published six books and he is a painter; his artwork has been exhibited in major galleries.

Inspirational songs became anthems to social movements 

On the music side, Dylan has sold so many records - more than a million, that he ranks among the world's top-most popular musicians in history.

Dylan's music lyrics have been an inspiration to many political and social movements, especially his works from the 1960's such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin." These songs became anthems for both civil rights and anti-war movements.

Dylan's preference for serious music

Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He was of Jewish descent and his grandparents emigrated to America to escape the Russian Empire's anti-Semitic pogroms of 1905. His music career initially focussed on rock and roll but later he developed a love for American folk music. In his Biograph edited by Cameron Crowe in 1985, Dylan said that rock 'n roll was not serious enough for him, and that the "despair, sadness, ...triumph, faith in the supernatural," and such deep feelings of folk music inspired him more.

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He also wrote gospel music after he became a born-again Christian and he talked about this in an interview with Karen Hughes, of The Dominion, in Wellington, New Zealand in 1980. It turns out that his being a Christian did not sit well with many of his fans. Nevertheless, his popularity has continued right into the new Millenium and he is still performing. He recently completed a tour of Japan.