Last year Bob Dylan was given the prestigious Nobel Prize In Literature at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, which the 75-year-old singer-songwriter declined to attend. Dylan will formally accept the Nobel Prize while in Stockholm this weekend for a pair of concerts.
“The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend,” wrote Nobel spokesperson Sara Danius. “The Academy will then hand over Dylan’s Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature. The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan’s wishes.”
Dylan was the first American to be given the Nobel Prize In Literature since Toni Morrison was awarded the illustrious distinction in 1993. The Nobel Prize committee honored Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” and Patti Smith performed his “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the ceremony held last December.
Dylan previously provided a speech accepting the Nobel Prize. It can be read in full here.
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