"Bob Dylan Receives Honorary Pulitzer Prize"
E Flux Media site, 8 April 2008
By Jane Ivory
‘Iconic rock singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
Bob Dylan is the 2008 recipient of a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, it was announced Monday. He thus becomes the first rock musician to be honored by the panel. Previous recipients of the special Pulitzer include jazz icon John Coltrane, composer George Gershwin and jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.
Prize administrator Sig Gissler said the honor "reflects the efforts of the Pulitzer board to broaden the scope of the music prize." Gissler added that the prize signaled the award body’s intention to "encompass the full range of excellence in American music."
The 66-year-old musician’s recognition was a joy for fellow recipient Junot Diaz [a Hispanic writer born in the Dominican Republic]. The novelist confessed to the Associated Press: "I am in disbelief," while confessing he is a great fan of Dylan’s.
Diaz received the Pulitzer for fiction, for [his novel] "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao."’
NB: There seems to be no citation text for Dylan other than the brief words quoted above.