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Bob Dylan wins Spanish arts prize
Bob Dylan
Dylan topped the US chart again last year
US rock star Bob Dylan has won Spain's Prince of Asturias Arts Award - one of the country's most prestigious honours.

The 66-year-old - considered one of the most influential popular music artists of recent decades - will receive his award at a ceremony in October.

Jury chairman Jose Llado called Dylan a "living legend of popular music and the guiding star of a generation that dreamed of changing the world".

Previous winners of the annual prize include US film-maker Woody Allen.

Hit record

The Asturias jury said Dylan was "one of the greatest figures of song, magisterially combining the beauty of his poetry and morality".

In 2006 Dylan topped the US album charts for the first time in 30 years with Modern Times, making him the oldest living person to go straight into the chart at number one.

The release was Dylan's first US number one album since Desire in 1976.

He is still best known for his so-called protest songs of the 1960s, including Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin'.

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