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 with 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."
Wednesday, officials with the Swedish Academy posted on their official site that the singer-songwriter sent the Academy a "personal letter" Tuesday, "in which he explained that due to pre-existing commitments, he is 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.
Mr. Dylan, don't think twice, it's alright.
Photos: Bob Dylan in St. Louis.