By Amanda Wicks
There’s been a good deal of back-and-forth about whether Bob Dylan would be attending the 2016 Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Nobel Committee initially had difficulty reaching Dylan to confirm that he would be accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature and attending the December ceremony, but in October he spoke with The Telegraph and said he’d attend the ceremony if it was “at all possible.”
Well, it seems it’s not possible after all.
The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel prizes, announced it had received a personal letter from Dylan declining the invitation “due to pre-existing commitments” (via BBC News). But he did state that he felt “very honored” to have been awarded the prestigious prize.
Even if Dylan can’t make the official ceremony, he’s still responsible for delivering a lecture at some point. In a statement, The Swedish Academy said, “We look forward to Bob Dylan’s Nobel lecture, which he must give – it is the only requirement – within six months counting from December 10, 2016.”
Considering he won the prize for his lyricism, can he deliver a concert instead?