In honour of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature, we look at his storied career in music.
The 18-member Swedish Academy in Stockholm honoured Bob Dylan with the Nobel Prize in Literature—the first American to win since author Toni Morrison back in 1993. The announcement, which came on October 13, 2016, came as a surprise to some, but the Academy felt the 75-year-old Dylan deserved recognition for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
However, Dylan failed to travel to Sweden to pick up the award or deliver the lecture required to receive the monetary prize. As of March 29, 2017, Dylan has agreed to meet with the Swedish Academy where he is giving two upcoming concerts. There's no word yet as to whether Dylan will agree to give a lecture, but if the songwriter refuses to deliver it by June, he will have to forfeit the prize money.
But the news hasn't dampened the spirits of Dylan's lifelong fans...
As fans across the globe rejoice in Dylan's latest honours, we dig up some little-known facts about his five decades in the limelight.
1) Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941, Dylan briefly went by the pseudonym Elston Gunn before settling on Bob Dylan as his stage name.
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