Bob Dylan “has the status of an icon,” noted the Swedish Academy upon honoring the singer/songwriter with the announcement that he will be this year’s Nobel Prize recipient in literature. This statement is undeniable. From Dylan’s decade upon decade of musical—though arguably poetic—contributions and the movements that they spawned or spurned, his impact has been global. “For 54 years now he has been at it and reinventing himself, constantly creating a new identity,” the Academy’s secretary Sara Danius explained. The 75 year old has already won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and a U.S. Medal of Freedom, but of equal importance, he changed the sound of music and the industry as we know it. He is the first American to receive a Nobel Prize in this category since author Toni Morrison in 1993.