DULUTH, Minn. -

American Singer-Song Writer Bob Dylan received the 2016 Nobel Literature Award for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

"The rhythms that we use when we speak is directly connected to the rhythms that we use when we make music, so this is absolutely a fantastic connection for them to make," said Dr. Brett Jones, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Bob Dylan’s name had been brought up as a possible candidate for the award in previous years, but not many people expected Dylan to win this year.

"This particular year there wasn’t a lot of talk this year of him being one of the main candidates, so this year, for him to suddenly get it, I guess I was surprised, but I’m absolutely thrilled," said John Bushey, Producer of Radio Show, Highway 61 Revisited.

Now, Dylan is not only the 2nd Minnesotan to win the prestigious literature award, but the only musician to have ever been given the honor.

"The way he connected language and poetry to music was absolutely groundbreaking," said Dr. Jones.

Fans believe Bob Dylan’s Songs like "Blowin’ in the Wind," or "Like a Rolling Stone," weren’t only popular radio hits, but left a mark on a whole generation.

"His lyrics have been quoted by presidents and many many many other notable politicians and many other people in many fields so his influence is undeniable," said Bushey.

So it’s a day of joy and celebration, for fans across the country and world, though people who have been touched by Dylan’s music speculate, what he would say.

“I’m just a song and dance man," Bushey quoted the famous singer,  "I don’t really know that he feels his lyrics are that influential he just writes songs."