American songwriter-singer Bob Dylan will finally accept his Nobel Prize for Literature. The iconic artist will be receiving his diploma and the medal from the Academy, five months after the announcement.
According to CNN, Dylan will be presented with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, where he will perform in concerts on Saturday and Sunday.
Permanent secretary of the Academy, Sara Danius came up with the news. “The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend. The Academy will then hand over Dylan’s Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature,”she wrote in a blog post.
About the handover ceremony, Danius wrote, “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.”
She also confirmed that there will be “no Nobel Lecture in person” as “the Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point.”
Bob Dylan, the pioneering musician with an incalculable influence on popular music, is the first songwriter to receive the prize, who snubbed the Nobel ceremony on December 10 because of ‘pre-existing commitments’. Dylan sent a thank you speech instead, which was read aloud during the ceremony in Stockholm.
Besides, he took two weeks to officially respond to the honour, which created quite a stir and prompted members of the Academy to call him ‘impolite and arrogant.’
The rock enigma finally officially acknowledged the award on October 28, and issued a statement through the Nobel Foundation, stating. “The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless. I appreciate the honour so much.”
Dylan also apologised for “not being able to attend the event and expressed surprise over being chosen as a laureate in the league of authors like Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus.”
As a songwriter, 75 years old Dylan pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to him “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”