The 2007 Asturias Award for Art has been given to Bob Dylan. The announcement of the annual award was made in Oviedo, in northern Spain, by the Prince of Asturias Foundation.
The actual award ceremony will take place this Autumn when Bob Dylan will be presented with his 50,000 Euro prize by the Crown Prince of Spain.
The Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar-winning Bob Dylan is acknowledged as the pre-eminent musician of his time, who influenced a whole generation with his surrealist, and often controversial, lyrics.
His huge list of hit songs includes “Blowing in the Wind”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, and “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”.
His most recent album, “Modern Times”, released last year, went straight to Number 1, making him the oldest person ever to top the US album chart.
In the arts category previous winners have included Woody Allen in 2002, and Spanish film maker Pedro Almodovar last year.