STOCKHOLM -- The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded Thursday to American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
The Nobel Committee's permanent secretary Sara Danius said Dylan, 75, "is a great poet in the English-speaking tradition." She drew parallels between his work and that of ancient Greek poets Homer and Sappho.
Dylan, 75, was born in Duluth, Minn., in 1941.
He might be viewed by some as an unconventional winner since he is not in the established canon of literary writers.
Dylan is the 108th winner of the most prestigious literature award in the world.
It's the first time the prestigious prize was given to someone seen primarily as a musician.
The literature award was the last of this year's Nobel Prizes to be announced. The awards will be handed out Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize found Alfred Nobel's death in 1876.