Is Bob Dylan Blowing Off the Nobel Committee?
Published Oct 17, 2016Last week, Bob Dylan made history in becoming the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize in Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." But as far as planning a time for Dylan to accept the award in person goes, the songwriter is reportedly leaving the calls and emails of the Nobel committee blowing in the wind.
The Swedish Academy has told The Guardian that they have given up attempting to reach Dylan, having only received radio silence. "Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough," academy secretary Sara Danius told Swedish state radio station SR on Monday (October 17).
All Nobel Prize winners receive an invite to the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm upon which they receive their medal, a Nobel Diploma and and a document from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Dylan performed in Las Vegas the day he was awarded the prize, but made no mention of the honour onstage.
"I am not at all worried," Danius continued. "I think he will show up...If he doesn't want to come, he won't come. It will be a big party in any case and the honour belongs to him."
Dylan will also celebrate the release of the new live package The 1966 Live Recordings on November 11, as well as The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert on November 25. You can read congratulations from some of Dylan's peers in both music and words here.