Bob Dylan has finally accepted the Nobel Prize for literature at a private event in Stockholm
The musician missed the official ceremony in December due to “previous commitments”
Bob Dylan has finally accepted the Nobel Prize for literature, receiving the award in person at a private event in Stockholm today (April 1).
The musician was named the recipient of the award last year, but missed the official prize-giving ceremony in December due to “previous commitments”. Patti Smith performed at the event in his place.
According to the BBC, a member of the Swedish Academy told Associated Press the event today “went very well indeed” and described Dylan as “a very nice, kind man”.
No media were present as he accepted the award. He later headed to Stockholm Waterfront where he performed live. He is due to undertake a second gig at the venue tomorrow.
Dylan is yet to give the traditional lecture expected of Nobel Prize recipients and a condition of receiving the 8m kroner (£727,000) prize money.
He has until June to deliver a lecture or forfeit the money, but it is expected that he will give a taped version of his planned talk in the next few months.
Dylan is the first songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. The Swedish Academy explained their reasons for awarding him with the honour, saying he had “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
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