Oct 14, 2016

    Dylan wins Nobel Prize


    AMERICAN music legend Bob Dylan yesterday won the Nobel Literature Prize, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award and an announcement

    that stunned prize watchers.

    The 75-year-old 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 applause from journalists attending the prize announcement.

    The folk singer was mentioned in Nobel speculation in past years but was never seen as a serious contender.

    The Nobel award is the latest accolade for a singer who has come a long way from his humble beginnings as Robert Allen Zimmerman.

    Born in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, he taught himself to play the harmonica, guitar and piano.

    He will take home the eight million kronor

    (S$1.3 million) prize.