Bob Dylan (real name Robert Allen Zimmerman) the American singer-songwriter, artist and writer wins the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, also being the first artist to bag the award being a musician.
He was presented the prestigious award “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
The Press release from the Swedish Academy, being the prize awarder for the Nobel Prize In Literature, announced the result on Thursday.
During his higher education at the University of Minnesota, he began to perform at the Ten O'Clock Scholar, a coffeehouse a few blocks from campus, and became involved in the Dinkytown folk music circuit.
During his Dinkytown days, Zimmerman began introducing himself as "Bob Dylan". In his memoir, Dylan has written about the influence of the poet Dylan Thomas.
Explaining his change of name in a 2004 interview, Dylan remarked, "You're born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free.”
Dylan has won many awards throughout his career including eleven Grammy Awards, one Academy Award and one Golden Globe Award. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. In May 2000, Dylan received the Polar Music Prize from Sweden’s Polar Music Prize from Sweden’s King Carl XVI.
Dylan married Sara Lownds and has five children, Jesse Byron Dylan, Anna Lea, Samuel Isaac Abram, Jacob Luke and Maria Lownds ( Sara's daughter from a prior marriage).