Singer and songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. But, did he deserve it? Seven in ten respondents of an online poll on gulfnews.com don’t seem to think so.
The announcement may have come as a bit of a surprise for many people as Dylan’s work does not fit into the categories that the prize has traditionally recognized, as stated in a report by the US-based New York Times. Or perhaps very few people had given Dylan much of a shot and expected somebody else to receive the honour.
Gulf News reader Ramon Dario Sanchez Arita, a resident of Honduras, was one of them. He posted a comment on the newspaper’s official Facebook page: “A Nobel Prize? What happened to worldwide writers?”
One thing is sure though, after winning the prize, online streaming of Dylan’s music jumped by more than 500 per cent on Spotify, a digital music platform. The song that people were listening to most was ‘Like a Rolling Stone’. He has become the first musician to earn the Nobel Prize in literature.