Saturday, October 15, 2016

"Written by a 'Nobel Prize Winner' of the 20th Century"

Yesterday 13 October, 2016 it was announced that the first ever award for the Nobel Peace Prize will be given to a singer/songwriter, Mr. Robert Allen Zimmerman - or as most of us know him as Bob Dylan.
“People laughed when Dylan entered the picture out of nowhere in 2011 but maybe there was something blowin’ in the wind after all." - Alex Donohue, from Time's "What To Know About Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize For Literature

It is about time that Bob Dylan, a man with over five hundred songs written, part of a super group in the 1980s, toured with huge bands, successfully written six books, and much more, was recognized with such a prestigious award. Dylan has been nominated for forty-six awards - including Grammy's, Academy Awards, Golden Globe. Has been inducted into three hall of fames, is a Recipient of now four awards, is an Honorary Doctor of Music from two schools, and has five songs inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It was reported that Dylan had a 16/1 chance of being chosen for this award, with the debate of whether or not a musician's writing, lyrics, has the same artistic value as other who have achieved the award before him. Many were thrilled by the lyricist/poet's achievement, as seen throughout social media. Friends such as Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Roseanne Cash, including other writers, like Stephen King, commented and posted their congratulations towards the writer. However, there were others  who took the seventy-five year olds nomination in another view. People like best selling author, Jodi Picoult stating on Twitter;
“I’m happy for Bob Dylan, #ButDoesThisMeanICanWinAGrammy?”
Picoult was not the only one to make comments against the winner.

Looking back on everything Bob Dylan has done, revolutionizing music, created poetic lines that have inspired hundreds of thousands of writers, not to mention his stand during monumental moments in history, including the March on Washington, led by Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. and songs that croon for freedom, it is about time that he has been recognized for his work in such an honorable way.

Becoming the first musician to win this prestigious award, dating back to 1901, can just only prove that Time's They Are A-Changin'


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