Bob Dylan Won't Be Attending Nobel Ceremony to Accept Literature Prize
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:41:08
Bob Dylan won't be heading to Stockholm, Sweden to accept his Nobel Prize in Literature. Yesterday, the Swedish Academy said the music icon informed them, "he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible." Back in October, Dylan was awarded the honor "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
The Associated Press reports, "Permanent Secretary Sara Danius told Swedish news agency TT the academy received "a personal letter" from Dylan and that he "underlined that he feels extremely honored by the Nobel Prize."
"The Academy said it "respects Bob Dylan's decision," adding that not travelling to the Swedish capital to personally pick up the prestigious award was "unusual, but not exceptional."" In 2004, Austrian playwright and novelist Elfriede Jelinek did not attend the award ceremony.
There has been no announcement as to who will received the award on Dylan's behalf. The Swedish Academy added, "The award is still theirs, as it now belongs to Bob Dylan. We are looking forward to Bob Dylan's Nobel lecture, which he must hold, according to the requirements, within six months".
The award initially came as a surprise to Dylan and many who follow the awards. He is the first musician to be awarded the honor. However, after the announcement Dylan was silent for weeks about the award. Eventually he did acknowledge the award in an interview with The Telegraph, saying it was "Amazing, incredible," and adding, "Whoever dreams about something like that?"
—The ARTISTdirect Staff