American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Swedish Academy announced its decision on Thursday, drawing to a close the 2016 Nobel season.

This year, the Sweden-based body, which has awarded the literature prize since 1901, registered about 220 proposals that were later cut to a short list of five.

In 2015, the academy awarded Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, citing her writings on key events affecting Belarus during and after the Soviet era, including the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Soviet-Afghan War and the fall of the Soviet Union.

This year, the literature prize was the last of the six Nobels to be announced, following those for medicine, physics, chemistry, peace and economics.