Bob Dylan A No-Show At White House Ceremony For Nobel Prize Winners
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:41:26
In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one who has paid attention to the saga surrounding Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature, the famed singer-songwriter turned Nobel Laureate was a no-show at the White House ceremony for Nobel Prize winners. Dylan has been notably disinterested in the honor since receiving it earlier this year. He spent weeks not acknowledging it, and announced last month that he wouldn't be attending the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10th. Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters, "Unfortunately, Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today. So everyone can relax."
A Nobel Prize lecture is the only requirement for accepting the award. "The Swedish Academy has decided not to organize an alternative plan for the Nobel Lecture traditionally held on December 7. There is a chance that Bob Dylan will be performing in Stockholm next year, possibly in the spring, in which case he will have a perfect opportunity to deliver his lecture. We will post more information as soon as we have it," the organization said in a statement released a few weeks ago.
Dylan has made no indication whether or not he will give a lecture. However, Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones told The Guardian, about Dylan, who was performing with The Stones at Desert Trip, "He didn't really know how to accept it, but he thought he had done something pretty good."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff