Bob Dylan declared that he will not take part to the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm on the 10th of December to accept the recognition. As the Swedish Academy said “he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible.” Dylan broke the news to the Accademy through a personal letter.
The Academy didn’t give up and added that the musician will be able to to give his speech whenever he wanted within six months from the ceremony in order to receive the prize. In the past laureates like Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter, and Elfriede Jelinek have been unable to partecipate to the Nobel Prize Ceremony for various reasons.
In late October the singer had already said he would attend the event of the award delivery only “if I can.”