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US songwriter Bob Dylan wins Nobel Literature Prize

US singer Bob Dylan (L) performing at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

US songwriter Bob Dylan won the Nobel Literature Prize on October 13, 2016, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award and an announcement that surprised prize watchers. / AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA

American music legend Bob Dylan on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award and an announcement that stunned prize watchers.Dylan, 75, was honoured “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy said.

The choice was met by gasps and a long round of applause from journalists attending the prize announcement.

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