Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture".
The special music award recognised the 66-year-old's "lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power". Prize administrator Sig Gissler said the honour "reflects the efforts of the Pulitzer board to broaden the scope of the music prize".
The awards, named after newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, carry a prize of $US10,000 ($NZ12,828).
Previous recipients of the special musical Pulitzer include jazz icon John Coltrane, composer George Gershwin and science-fiction author Ray Bradbury.
Dylan's award marks the first time the panel has recognised a rock musician.
The Pulitzer Prize for drama was awarded to Tracy Letts for August: Osage County. Junot Diaz won the fiction prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.The Washington Post won six Pulitzers, including the prestigious Public Service gold medal award for its reporting on conditions of United States war veterans at the Walter Reed military hospital
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