Here's one that, unlike the Nobel Prize for Literature, Dylan is actually qualified for, yet has never received: the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, named after George and Ira Gershwin.
The prize was created by the Library of Congress in 2007. It's first recipient was Paul Simon. Other recipients are: 2009 Stevie Wonder, 2010 Paul McCartney, 2012 Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
The most recent recipient is Carole King. King will receive her award from President Obama at a White House event on May 23 in her honor. Performers at the event will include: Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel and James Taylor. The event will be streamed live that evening at 7 p.m. athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/live
and will be broadcast on PBS on May 28th.
King attended an event honoring her last night at the Library of Congress. King will also be honored at a luncheon with Library of Congress executives, members of Congress and PBS executives. King is the first woman to be honored with the Gershwin Prize. Carole King is 71 years old and has written as many terrific songs as any songwriter alive.
Why Bob has never won this award - well, who knows? The choice is made by the Librarian of Congress
"in consultation with a board that is both credible and broad enough in scope to represent the full spectrum of popular song. Board members may include but need not be limited to scholars, producers, performers, song writers, music critics, and subject specialists within and outside the Library of Congress.
"The recipient, whether composer, singer-songwriter or interpreter is recognized for entertaining and informing audiences, for drawing upon the acknowledged foundations of popular song, and for inspiring new generations of performers on their own professional journeys."
(from the Library of Congress/Gershwin Prize website)
That description of the 'recipient' fits Bob like a glove, doesn't it? This omission is a mystery wrapped in an enigma....