Bob Dylan just won a Nobel Prize

From Duluth and the Iron Range, all the way to a Nobel Prize.
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Bob Dylan is a Nobel Prize winner.

The iconic American folk artist who grew up in northern Minnesota was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature early Thursday.

In a quite succinct press release, the Swedish Academy said Dylan was given the award "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

"He is a great poet in the English-speaking tradition, and he is a wonderful sampler, a very original sampler," Permanent Secretary Sara Danius said in an interview posted on Twitter. "He embodies the tradition, and for 54 years now he's been at it, and re-inventing himself constantly ... creating a new identity."

(A fun second note: The interviewer then says, "He is not a person who is nice and smiling when he gets awards," but Danius responds by saying she's not worried, she has a good message for him.)

Dylan was born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, then moved with his family to Hibbing at the age of 6.

His first studio album, titled Bob Dylan, was released in 1962, with The Times They Are a-Changin' and Blonde on Blonde both arriving over the next five years as well. He has released a total of 37 studio albums during his career, the most recent being Fallen Angels in May of 2016.

The president even tweeted about it Thursday morning.

In an example of how far his music reached, the award organizers said 7 out of every 10 visitors to NobelPrize.org have heard or read his lyrics.

If you've never listened to Bob before, Danius suggests starting with Blonde on Blonde, which you can find here on Spotify.

The Guardian reports he is now the first American in more than 20 years to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the 259th American to win a Nobel Prize across any category.

NPR says he's scheduled to pick up his award in Stockholm on Dec. 10.

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