The recipient of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature is none other than Bob Dylan. Although rumours bounced between him and Leonard Cohen, nobody really believed Dylan to be a serious contender to an award that every year exalts an author's outstanding contribution to the world of literature.

The Swedish Academy has stated in a press release that the American singer/songwriter is receiving the 2016 award due to him "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Apart from his lyrics, Bob Dylan is also known for his 1971 book Tarantula, which includes prose-poetry written between 1965 and 1966, Dylan's most prolific period.

Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941, and has released his 37th studio album Fallen Angels earlier this year.