After decades of impeccable songwriting skills and amassing an almost mythical status as a premier musician and inspiration to millions, Bob Dylan was recognized on Thursday with one of the most prestigious honors possible.
2016 Literature Laureate Bob Dylan, age 75, born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. #NobelPrize
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 13, 2016
Celebrated “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” Dylan is the first American since Toni Morrison in 1993 to be given this particular honor.
As you might imagine, word of Dylan’s Nobel Prize hit the Internet in waves early Thursday, with takes coming from all angles — some in favor of the news:
I am ecstatic that Bob Dylan has won the Nobel. A great and good thing in a season of sleaze and sadness.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 13, 2016
— 88.5 FM (@885fmsocal) October 13, 2016
"Bob Dylan has been a great songwriter since he was a teenager and nothing has stopped him in continuing to write… https://t.co/pivSeVx2Rl
— Mark Knopfler (@MarkKnopfler) October 13, 2016
Many congratulations to @bobdylan on the Nobel Prize for Literature!
— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) October 13, 2016
Holy mother of god. Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize. https://t.co/DVfe7pe9xX
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) October 13, 2016
I Love This ❤️ https://t.co/XycKtx1yuS
— Dave Stewart/Eurythmics (@DaveStewart) October 13, 2016
Congratulations, Bob Dylan — and thanks for all the wonderful music over the years.