Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday in a surprise decision that gave a singer-songwriter one of the world’s most prestigious cultural awards.
Dylan’s songs — such as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Masters of War,” “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” “The Times They Are a-Changin,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and “Like a Rolling Stone” — captured a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence, and influenced multiple generations since the 1960s.
"If I was a poet— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 13, 2016
And could write a fine hand
I'd write my love a letter
That she'd understand"
Bob Dylan https://t.co/ABeMMf749T
Twitter erupted with congratulatory messages for the legendary artiste, but even his diehard fans didn’t miss the opportunity to take a jibe at the surprise decision.
We’ve compiled here some of the more memorable reactions:
When Bob Dylan gets the Nobel, you know the times they have a-changed #BobDylan— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) October 13, 2016
Bob Dylan paving the way for Kanye West to win a Nobel Prize. Hyped.— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) October 13, 2016
Literature Nobel goes to Bob Dylan.— Roflindian (@Roflindian) October 13, 2016
Literal torture Nobel should go to Yo Yo Honey Singh.
Nobel prize judges: "Shall we give it to an obscure Belarussian again?"— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) October 13, 2016
"Well it *would* be quite cool to get to meet Bob Dylan"
My dad has been a Bob Dylan fan for over 50 years, and even he thinks this is hilarious— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) October 13, 2016
Playing "Shelter from the Storm" to my 3-year old, trying to explain why this is a really big deal. #Dylan— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) October 13, 2016
Good god. I thought the worst when I saw Bob Dylan's name trending. Don't do this to me, people.— Kelly (@MayorOfTV) October 13, 2016
Hope all aspiring novelists are turning their novels into songs and setting it to music. #BobDylan— G Sampath (@samzsays) October 13, 2016
Imagine the joy in our music capital Shillong in Meghalaya which has more #BobDylan fans per sq yd than anywhere in the world— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) October 13, 2016
me: BOB DYLAN WON THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE?!?— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) October 13, 2016
bae: wait like the musician? or is there another Bob Dylan who writes literature
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