Bob Dylan doesn't attend Nobel ceremony, sends written statement

The Swedish Academy said they received a letter from Dylan saying he will be unable to attend.

Bob Dylan may have won the Nobel Prize for literature, but the singer-songwriter took longer than a hurricane to acknowledge the award.

Dylan, who went nearly two weeks without saying a word publicly of the award, spoke to The Telegraph at the end of October.

"Amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?" said Dylan.

Prior to speaking to the newspaper, the only other statement had been a short, but sweet tweet.

 

 

While searching for a response from the singer-songwriter, the Nobel Prize academy's secretary, Sara Danius, reported she had emailed various people close to and associated with Dylan to receive his cash reward of over $870,000.

According to Danius, however, the only thing she had received from Dylan's company were "very friendly replies" from those in contact with musician.

Danius told Swedish state-run radio in October she was not worried.

"I have a feeling Bob Dylan can get it. We can, in a way, not take responsibility for what is happening now. But he does not want to come... it will be a great big party anyway. And the award is his."

Last month, officials with the Swedish Academy posted on their official site that the singer-songwriter sent the Academy a "personal letter", "in which he explained that due to pre-existing commitments, he would be unable to travel to Stockholm in December and there will not attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony".

However, Dylan did say he would still be accepting the monetary prize. For him to receive that, he must give a lecture within six months of the award ceremony in December.

Saturday, Mr. Dylan stayed true to his word and did not attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony. However, Dylan did send a written statement that reads in part, per Rolling Stone:

If someone had ever told me that I had the slightest chance of winning the Nobel Prize, I would have to think that I'd have about the same odds as standing on the moon. In fact, during the year I was born and for a few years after, there wasn't anyone in the world who was considered good enough to win this Nobel Prize. So, I recognize that I am in very rare company, to say the least.

Read the full transcript here.

While Dylan may not have been present, his legacy was. To end the ceremony in Stockholm, Patti Smith, accompanied with Philharmonic orchestra and Swedish conductor Hans Ek, performed a rendition of "A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall", according to The New Yorker.

Since his humble beginnings, critics and music fans alike have often regarded Dylan as one of the most influential musicians in modern times. For such a prestigious organization to recognize the life of a man who, through agreement or disagreement of his legacy, has helped shape the course of music over the past 50 years is a statement in itself.

Photos: Bob Dylan in St. Louis.

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