Bob Dylan Will Finally Accept His Nobel Prize This Weekend
No media will be allowed at the private handover ceremony in Stockholm, and he'll be sending in a pre-recorded lecture later this year to meet prize requirements
Published Mar 29, 2017After months of nonchalance (that some have interpreted as hostility), Bob Dylan will finally be picking up his Nobel Prize this weekend. The singer is slated to play shows in Stockholm, and as the BBC reports, he will meet with the Swedish Academy to physically receive his diploma and medal.
The award also comes with an 8 million kroner ($900,000 USD) prize, which is contingent on its recipient delivering a lecture. Dylan is reportedly slated to send in a taped Nobel address before the June deadline.
The conditions of the meeting and upcoming lecture were revealed in a blog entry by Prof. Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy. She wrote:
In a few days Bob Dylan will visit Stockholm and give two concerts. The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will show up at one of the performances. Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held. The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point. (Taped Nobel lectures are presented now and then, the latest of which was that of Nobel Laureate Alice Munro in 2013.) At this point no further details are known.
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. 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.
Dylan was initially announced as the recipient of 2016's Nobel Prize in Literature back in October, causing controversy with his lacklustre response to the win. And while some labelled the singer's reaction "impolite and arrogant," Dylan later acknowledged the honour with a mailed-in acceptance speech that was read during a December ceremony — which, of course, he didn't attend.
As previously reported, Dylan will release a new triple album titled Triplicate this week. It's out on March 31 via Columbia, and the singer recently announced a slew of Canadian tour dates in support of the record.