American singer and song-writer Bob Dylan on Thursday won the Nobel Prize in literature. Dylan would be given the prestigious award for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" as per the Swedish Academy.
The 75-year-old rock legend is the first songwriter to win the Nobel. Dylan had been mentioned in the Nobel speculation for years, but few experts expected the academy to extend the prestigious award to a genre such as popular music.
Dylan started his career in the 1960s and has released 37 studio albums. Some of his songs like 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'The Times They Are a-Changin' were adopted as anthems of the civil rights and anti-war campaigns.
Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings since 1994. His work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.