Bob Dylan Has Submitted a Speech to Be Read at the Nobel Banquet
Published Dec 05, 2016After totally ghosting the Nobel Foundation in the wake of being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan will now literally mail it in for his acceptance speech.
Despite finally breaking his silence over the prize win, the iconic singer-songwriter still has no plans to attend the award ceremony on December 10 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Nobel Foundation, however, has revealed that he's sent in a speech that will be read aloud at the event.
Bob Dylan (#NobelPrize in Literature 2016) has provided a speech which will be read at the Nobel banquet in Stockholm December 10.— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) December 5, 2016
In place of Dylan, Patti Smith is scheduled to perform a rendition of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the ceremony on December 10.
Dylan previously declined the invitation to attend, citing "preexisting commitments." Following his initial silence, Dylan did reportedly call the foundation to thank them, saying: "The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless. I appreciate the honour so much."
While he won't be accepting his honours in person, Dylan is still required to deliver his laureate's lecture within six months of receiving the award. It can be delivered as "a written speech, a spontaneous discourse, a film," or another format of his choice, though he has remained unsurprisingly quiet about what he might have in the works.