Bob Dylan's lyrics saved everyone here. His songs "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin,'" became anthems of the American civil rights and anti-war movements and saved the world from a nuclear WW3 which would most certainly have started in the 60s, if left to the politicians.
Dylan's lyrics started a groundswell of public opinion worldwide as people took to the streets and occupied public buildings to stop wars and force governments to send humanitarian aid, rather than bombs and troops to other countries. That resulted in the peaceful years that most of you grew up in.
We could sure use a ground swell of people singing his songs today, and maybe that is the point of this award.