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Carla Chong of El Paso, Texas, shoots a selfie of herself in front of a billboard of Bob Dylan's album "Highway 61 Revisited" on day 1 of the 2016 Desert Trip music festival at Empire Polo Field on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Fans react to Bob Dylan's 'long overdue' Nobel Prize for his poetic, timeless song lyrics



Bob Dylan fans around the world are celebrating the iconic musician's Nobel win.

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Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

After the announcement, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, said it had "not been a difficult decision" and hoped the academy would not be criticized for its choice.

The announcement was met with mixed reviews -- scroll down to see some of the best.

A sign outside of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas congratulates Bob Dylan, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Las Vegas. Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, a stunning announcement that for the first time bestowed the prestigious award on a musician for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." (AP Photo/John Locher)

Fans attending a Bob Dylan concert in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday called the accolade "awesome" and "long overdue," and shared in the excitement.

Some have said there are other authors who should have won the award.

Others were very excited about the news.

And then there were those who were just relieved to hear the news was good news.

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