STOCKHOLM, Oct 13 - American music legend Bob Dylan today won the Nobel Literature Prize, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award and an announcement that stunned prize watchers.
Dylan, 75, 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 a long round of applause from journalists attending the prize announcement.
The folk singer has been mentioned in Nobel speculation in the past, but was never seen as a serious contender.
The Academy�s permanent secretary Sara Danius said Dylan�s songs were �poetry for the ears.�
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, who taught himself to play the harmonica, guitar and piano.
Blowin� in the Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin� written by Dylan became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements.
Last year, the prize went to Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich for her documentary-style narratives based on witness testimonies.
Dylan will take home the eight million kronor (USD 906,000 or 822,000 euros) prize sum.
The literature award caps the 2016 Nobel season, following more than a week of announcements for the prizes for medicine, physics, chemistry, economics and peace, with the latter going to Colombia�s President Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts to end a half-century war with the FARC rebels.
The 2016 laureates will receive their awards � a gold medal and a diploma � at a formal ceremony in Stockholm as tradition dictates on December 10, the anniversary of the death of prize creator Alfred Nobel.
A separate ceremony is held in Oslo for the peace prize laureate on the same day, as the Norwegian Nobel Committee grants that award.
Musicians hail Dylan: The Indian music fraternity, including sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, lyricist Javed Akhtar and composer AR Rahman, hailed the announcement of Bob Dylan bagging the Literature Nobel, calling it a �proud moment� for all musicians.
The 75-year-old poet-singer, whose most popular songs include Blowin� in the Wind, Mr Tambourine Man, Like a Rolling Stone and A Hard Rain�s A-Gonna Fall, was cited �for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.�
Veteran singer Usha Uthup said she was �very excited� and the excitement is not going to die down. Singer Adnan Sami, composer-singer Vishal Dadlani and Shilpa Rao took to Twitter to share how Dylan�s works helped shape their music. � AFP/PTI