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Iconic American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded Spain’s Prince of Asturias arts award yesterday, one of the country’s most prestigious honours.
“He’s a living legend of popular music,” said Jose Llado Fernandez-Urrutia, president of the prize’s panel of judges.
Dylan, 66, has been one of the most influential music artists in recent decades. He is regarded by many as a poet and is frequently mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel literature prize.
His most famous hits include the 1960s anti-war and civil rights protest ballads Blowin’ In The Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin’, as well as songs such as Like A Rolling Stone and All Along The Watchtower.
“He’s considered one of the most important figures of song, a form in which he combines, in a majestic way, the beauty of his poetry and ethical commitment,” the prize foundation said in a statement. “For this reason, his music and message have had an outstanding influence on several generations of young people.”
In 2004, Dylan was ranked No. 2 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time, second to The Beatles.