Bob Dylan won’t show up to the Nobel Prize Ceremony after all

bobdylanBob Dylan won’t be attending the December ceremony at which he was scheduled to accept his Nobel prize, the Swedish Academy announced Wednesday.

“Yesterday evening the Swedish Academy received a personal letter from Bob Dylan, in which he explained that due to pre-existing commitments, he is unable to travel to Stockholm in December and therefore will not attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony,” the Academy said in a release. “He underscored, once again, that he feels very honored indeed, wishing that he could receive the prize in person.”

Dylan expressed his gratitude over the award in an October interview with The Telegraph, in which he also stated his desire to attend the ceremony.

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“Absolutely,” Dylan said. “If it’s at all possible.”

Dylan is far from the first laureate to not show up to the ceremony, but it will not affect his status as a recipient. Dylan will still be required to give a lecture over the next several months.

“We look forward to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture, which he must give – it is the only requirement – within six months counting from December 10, 2016,” the release said.


Photo credit: By Alberto Cabello from Vitoria Gasteiz (Bob Dylan) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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