Rabindranath Tagore was the first songwriter to win the Nobel – not Bob Dylan

News Hour:

“The times they are a changin’,” Bob Dylan sang in 1964, a lyric that some believe may have been a prediction for 2016, the year when the American songwriter won the Nobel Prize for literature.

On Thursday, following the announcement of the Prize, the Swedish Academy said the 75-year-old had “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Dylan will receive 8 million Swedish krona ($930,000) as a reward.

On Twitter, social media users were divided about whether Dylan was in fact the first musician to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

In 1913, Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel for “his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West”.

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