July 17, 2018 / 5:14 PM

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Bob Dylan Will Not Attend Nobel Prize Ceremony In Stockholm After All



After not being able to get a call, email or maybe text back, the Nobel Prize and Bob Dylan have settled what is going to happen during the ceremony to present him his Nobel Prize in Literature. Bob Dylan has decided he is not going to Stockholm to accept the award due to prior commitments.

The Swedish academy did fault Dylan for his decision, saying via the AP, "he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible."

According to a press release, Dylan wrote a personal letter to the Academy explaining that his pre-existing commitments prevent him from traveling to Stockholm.

"He underscored, once again, that he feels very honored indeed, wishing that he could receive the prize in person," says the academy in a statement.

The Academy does note that Dylan wouldn't be the first individual to not give a speech at his official ceremony. They point out that others like Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter and Elfriede Jelinek did not come to Stockholm to accept their prize, but were still awarded the Nobel Laureate.

However, Dylan cannot wait forever to get to Stockholm. He must give a lecture within six months from Dec. 10, 2016, the date when he was scheduled to accept his award.

Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Oct. 13 "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Dylan did not finally accept the prize until the end of the month and now he is not going to the ceremony because of prior commitments.

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