The legendary singer was honoured for his work in American Music.

The Nobel Prize Academy revealed that Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this year. This makes him the second American to win the prestigious award over two decades, with the last winner being novelist Toni Morrison who won in 1993.

The permanent secretary Sara Danius made the announcement on behalf of the Swedish Academy, that decides the recipient of the award every year, and also mentioned that he won it “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

This was the last of the Nobel prizes to be announced and we’re as shocked as you are! The singer has been inspiring people ever since he released his music in the 6o’s and its been over 54 years that he has been creating music and reinventing himself in terms of his musical identity.

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded since the year 1991 to writers who have produced the most outstanding work in the right direction of any language and to date has been awarded to over 113 writers. This year, the prize will also include approximately a purse of 900,000 dollars (WHAAAT) and obviously an entry on the list of the most coveted literature writers.

This is no doubt a huge achievement for Dylan who will be receiving the award officially in Stockholm on the 10th of December this year.  This makes us want to get some of our own writing going!