Minnesota's own Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Professor Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy announced the winner Thursday.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for what was described as "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

Dylan was born in Duluth and raised on the Iron Range in Hibbing, and attended the University of Minnesota.

He is the first American to win the prize since the novelist Toni Morrison, 1993. He is the first literature laureate whose career has been primarily a musician, not a writer.

The literature award was the last of this year's Nobel Prizes to be announced. The six awards will be handed out on December 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896.

Dylan will be awarded an 18-carat gold medal and a check for about $925,000.