When Bob Dylan was announced as a winner of Nobel Prize for Literature, it stirred a controversy among a section of population. He doesn’t deserve the most prestigious recognition in the world, many said. While some questioned the artist himself for his true qualification to become a Nobel Laureate, others were questioning the committee’s decision of inducting him in the high-profile of literature-untouchables; after all, he didn’t actually do poetry.
If you really want to know the answer to this question, it’s lot more complex than just ‘yes’ and ‘no’. There’s no denying that Bob Dylan is one of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time. Talking about everything from love and hate to war and injustice, his tunes have transformational effect over everyone with ears to good music. His influence is unparalleled in the current music and culture scene. To that, he has also won golden globe, Oscar and Grammy. So of course, he’s way too credible to become a Nobel Laureate.
In fact, “What took them so long,” wondered NYT Music Critic Job Pareles.
However, there are also few of those who argue if Bob Dylan really qualifies to be a part of group that includes the likes of Patrick White, T.S. Eliot, Harold Pinter and Rabindranath Tagore. This argument can go on and on with various opinions and technicalities.
The committee did something bold in giving Bob Dylan Nobel Prize for Literature. It opened the door for a whole new crowd for this prestigious award. And it’s great!!! Bob Dylan deserves this recognition. Period.
The later part of your question, if Paul McCartney not a better choice—he is great and may be down the line he can be nominated. But there’s a host of consideration goes into coming up with a right name, where McCartney doesn’t stand as strong. In fact, names like Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen comes way ahead of his.