It’s my understanding that becoming a member of the EGOT club is pretty much the entertainment career equivalent to beating Bowser at the end of Super Mario 3. It’s kind of a big deal to some. Bob Dylan needs both a Tony and an Emmy to get that EGOT. But after today, I have a feeling he probably won’t be shedding any frustrated tears while writing the closing number for a Broadway musical called Blowin’ or trying to think of snappy jokes for a sitcom called Who’s The Bob?. Who cares about that Tony and Emmy? He’s in the GONP club now, and that’s way harder to get into.
The Nobel Prize committee announced today that Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Basically, because he’s a non-traditional type of poet or something. That high school Applied English teacher who tries to reach the teens by playing Bob Dylan songs off their iPod is like “See? I told you.”
Of course, there are some people who are side-eyeing The Nobel Prize committee for what might be the respectable award equivalent of giving Lady Gaga a Golden Globe for acting. But here’s Permanent Secretary at the Swedish Academy Sara Danius (who is giving me real life Christopher Guest movie character) explaining why Bob won an award for poetry.
"Of course he does, he just got it!" https://t.co/dzo9bkmRBP
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 13, 2016
Bob Dylan thanked the Nobel Prize for his Literature award by mumbling: “Yeh nunna bawn wha honor meEEEEE.”
Bob Dylan is the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Now that the Nobel Prize committee is recognizing songwriters as modern-day poets, this opens the door to the work of many other amazing songwriters to be considered as legitimate literature. Finally, Nuttin’ Nyce has a chance of being recognized as the legitimate poets that I have always known them to be.