Bob Dylan Granted the Principe de Asturias Prize for the Arts

The American singer songwriter Bob Dylan has been given the 2007 Principe de Asturias Prize for the Arts. Bob Dylan the architects Frank Gerhy has been selected above other nominees and Rafael Moneo and the British musician Andrew Lloyd Weber. The jury for the Principe de Asturias Prize for the Arts who awarded a prize for International Cooperation to Al Gore the ex US Vice-President is presided over by Jose Llado, the former Trade Minister that was Spanish. Pedro Almodovar was the last man to be given this prize. Other previous winners include Miquel Barcelo, Woody Allen and Paco de Lucia. In total there are 8 Principe de Asturias prizes given yearly. Prince Felipe generally presents the prizes in person at a service in Oviedo, the capital of Asturias. Each prize is made up of statue and 50,000 euros. As stated by the Principe de Asturias jury Bob Dylan, who performed in the Rayo Vallencano stadium in Spain in 1984, is a ‘living myth in the history of popular music as well as a light for a generation that dreamed of altering the world’. Carmen Calvo, the Spanish Culture Minister, considers the American vocalist to be a ‘master for assorted generations through the world’. Homosexual Mercader, a music advocate, said of Dylan’ his influence on his peers is tremendous and he was the first to give weight to popular music’.