If all song writers were eligible, shouldn’t John Lennon of The Beatles and other great lyricists have been considered too?
Dylan is not without hardware or recognition. Let me read a few things off that he’s won or been given:
Sure it has a romantic sound to it that the academy giving out these awards saw it fit to change how it has been doing business for over a century, but such a bold move undermines and devalues what the award is supposed to actually stand for. Mind you, it's not about whether we think Dylan is great writer or if anyone else is a greater writer, it is about the fact he is not an author at all, not as traditionally defined by this award. Writing songs that are sung to music is a lot different than words consumed on a written page. Music is not a book.