Bob Dylan’s Prize History – Step by Step to the Nobel

Bob Dylan's Prize History - Step by Step to the Nobel

1963 –   Tom Paine Award

1963 – Bob Dylan is given a Tom Paine Award by the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee at their annual dinner at New York’s Hotel Americana. However, in his acceptance speech Dylan questions the ECLC’s objectives and even says he understands why Kennedy was shot. He later apologizes for his remarks.


1970 -Honorary Doctorate of Music –  Princeton University, New Jersey

Bob Dylan’s lyrics have been taught in universities and debated at academic conferences. Not bad for a college dropout who railed, in “Tombstone Blues” against too much “useless and pointless knowledge.”

Well, the times they are a-changin’.

Dylan, dressed in a black academic gown, was awarded an honorary doctorate Wednesday by Scotland’s oldest university.

The University of St. Andrews said it was making Dylan, 63, an honorary Doctor of Music in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to musical and literary culture.”

Honorary Doctorate of Music - Princeton University, New Jersey

Bob Dylan, right, received an honorary degree from Princeton in 1970,

1980 -Grammy-  Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male – “Gotta Serve Somebody

  •    February 27, 1980: Bob Dylan Wins His First Grammy
  • Bob Dylan accepts the GRAMMY for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male at the 22nd GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 27, 1980, in Los Angeles.

February 27 -1980 – Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance – Bob Dylan

1990 -Grammy- Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal – Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1

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1991 – Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Dylan:  at the Grammy Awards, 20 February 1991.
Thirty years after arriving in New York from Minnesota, Bob Dylan stepped
forward to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 
“Well,” he said, “my daddy, he didn’t leave me much, you know he was a very simple man,
but what he did tell me was this, he did say, son, he said”
– there was a long pause, nervous laughter from the crowd –
“he say, you know it’s possible to become so defiled in this world
that your own father and mother will abandon you and if that happens,
God will always believe in your ability to mend your ways.”

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1995 – Best Traditional Folk Album – World Gone Wrong


1997 – Kennedy Center Honors

The times really are a changin’. Bob Dylan, the anti-establishment folk music hero of the ’60’s, was honored on Saturday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., along with actor Charlton Heston, actress Lauren Bacall, opera singer Jessye Norman, and dancer Edward Villella before the President and the likes of Newt Gingrich (R-GA).

As with the rest of the honorees, Dylan was not required to speak or perform. According to reports, Dylan aided the selection of who would honor him from the band to the songs. Dylan chose producer and musician Don Was to play bass, E.G. Smith on mandolin, Steve Jordan on drums, and Clifford Carter on keyboard, for the back up band for artists Bruce Springsteen, who sang “The Times They Are A Changin’,” singer David Ball, who performed “Don’t Think Twice,” and gospel singer Shirley Ceasar, who sang “You Got To Serve Somebody.

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"I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and
beauty. I look forward to an America which will reward achievement 
in the arts, as we reward achievement in business or state craft. And
I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our
cities, we, too will be remembered, not for victories or defeats in
battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

1997 – The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Throughout a career spanning nearly four decades, Bob Dylan has been one of the single most influential and continually compelling presences in American popular music, and one of the foremost songwriters of our time. His lyrics have been translated into 15 languages, and his compositions recorded and performed by thousands of singers and bands worldwide.

The singer and songwriter Bob Dylan is the recipient of the 1997 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The award consists of a silver medallion and a cash stipend drawn from interest on a trust fund, now worth more than $7 million


1998 – Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Folk Album – Time Out of Mind

Bob Dylan’s “Time Out Of Mind” was Grammy nominated for
“Album Of The Year”, “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” (Cold Irons Bound)
and “Best Contemporary Folk Album”.

He won all three categories and performed “Love Sick” to a background of hired

1998 - Grammy Award for Album of the Year

Who else has won a Nobel prize and an Oscar or Grammy?

1998 – Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male – “Cold Irons Bound

2000 – Polar Music Prize

The Polar Music Prize is a Swedish international award founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, best known as the manager of the Swedish band ABBA, with a donation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music

Bob Dylan´s influence, as a singer-songwriter, on the development of 20th century popular music is indisputable. His achievements encompass almost four decades of constantly changing modes of creativity, always innovative, but always based on American musical traditions and roots. Starting with folk music and reaching the heights of critical and public fame, he set aside the rules of the day, appearing no longer alone with his acoustic guitar, but in the company of a rock and roll band. It was a development that required both integrity and determination, a move that cemented his role as one of the greatest rock artists of our time.

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2000 – Oscar for Best Original Song, “Things Have Changed” from Wonder Boys

On the night of Oscar 2000 ceremonies, Dylan played this song live from Australia after winning the Oscar

2001 – Golden Globe for Best Original Song, “Things Have Changed” from Wonder Boys

Bob Dylan picked up the best original song – motion picture honor for “Things Have Changed” from the film “Wonder Boys” at the 58th annual Golden Globes ceremony last night (Jan. 21), held at the Beve


2002 – Best Contemporary Folk Album – Love And Theft

2004 – Honorary Doctorate of Music , St. Andrews University  Scotland

American folk-rock singer Bob Dylan has been awarded an honorary degree by Scotland’s oldest university.

The University of St Andrews made Bob Dylan a Doctor of Music at this year’s summer graduation ceremony on Wednesday.

Dylan has only ever accepted one other honorary degree – from Princeton University in 1970.



2007 – Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance – “Someday Baby

2007- Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album – Modern Times

2007 – Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts

The Princess of Asturias Awards[1] (Spanish: Premios Princesa de Asturias, Asturian: Premios Princesa d’Asturies), previously known asPrince of Asturias Awards from 1981–2014 (Spanish: Premios Príncipe de Asturias, Asturian: Premios Príncipe d’Asturies) are a series of annual prizes awarded in Spain by the Princess of Asturias Foundation (previously the Prince of Asturias Foundation) to individuals, entities or organizations from around the world who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs.

A living legend in the history of popular music and a guiding light for a generation that dreamt to change the world.

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2008 – Pulitzer Prize Special Citations and Awards

Bob Dylan was awarded with the special citation on Monday, April 7, making history as the first rock and roll artist to be honored. Singer, songwriter, author, musician, and poet, was recognized for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”

2010 – National Medal for the Arts

The National Medal of Arts is an award and title created by the United States Congress in 1984, for the purpose of honoring artists and patrons of the arts. A prestigious American honor, it is the highest honor specifically given for achievement in the arts conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the people.

From the New York Times blog of Dave Itzkoff, which announces Dylan as one of the winners, “National Medal of Arts Winners Include Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood…”

first sentence:

“The White House continues to pay tribute to Bob Dylan in every way it knows how……….whether or not Mr. Dylan is there to receive the honor.”

Managed by the National Endowment of the Arts, other winners of the medal this year (which were presented to all attendees at the White House except absent winners Bob Dylan and Clint Eastwood…..):

2012 – Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Medal of Freedom is awarded each year to individuals who have contributed to the security or national interest of the U.S., world peace or to “cultural and other significant endeavors,” according to the White House. Among the other recipients President Obama honored today were former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Israeli President Shimon Peres, author Toni Morrison, civil rights campaigner and National Farm Workers Association co-founder Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn.

President Barack Obama honoured Bob Dylan at the White House on Tuesday, saying there was “not a bigger giant in the history American music” than the diminutive folk singer.

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2013 – The Order of Légion d’Honneur

The French government has presented US singer Bob Dylan with the country’s highest award, the Legion of Honour, in a brief ceremony in Paris.

Presenting him with the award, Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti said he was a hero for young people hungry for justice and independence.

Dylan has famously never liked being used as a spokesman for other people’s causes, a BBC correspondent reports.


2013 – American Academy of Arts and Letters, Honorary Member

2015 – MusiCares Person of the Year, from the Recording Academy

2016- Best Historical Album – The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete


2016 – Nobel Prize in Literature




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  1. 100m swimming certificate, 1952
    Voted “Most Likely to make Rock ‘n’ Roll an intellectually acceptable art form by the end of the 1960’s” in high school, 1957
    The “Doing something absolutely amazing whilst the entire rest of the world is booing or completely ignoring you” award, 1965
    Best Film to watch on ketamine, Renaldo and Clara, 1976
    Pauline Conversion of the Year, 1979
    “Absolutely not giving a shit about anything” prize, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
    Baton Rouge Wet t-shirt contest, runner-up, 1996
    Best Film to watch on Ketamine, Masked and Anonymous, 2003
    Never Gonna Happen Award, Chronicles Volume 2, Never

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