Singer Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941. He began his musical career in 1959 by playing in coffee houses in Minnesota.

Dylan became a household name after the successes of songs such as ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘The Times They are A-Changin’ which became anthems of the anti-war and civil rights movements.