Bob Dylan Not Traveling To Sweden To Receive Nobel Prize

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, but he reportedly has no plans to go and receive his award.

The Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, said Wednesday it received a letter from Dylan saying the 75-year-old artist will not be traveling to Sweden to receive it in December due to “pre-existing commitments.” (RELATED: Bob Dylan Is Completely Ignoring His Nobel Prize)

Musician Bob Dylan speaks at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Bob Dylan in Los Angeles, California February 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

(photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

“Yesterday evening the Swedish Academy received a personal letter from Bob Dylan, in which he explained that due to pre-existing commitments, he is unable to travel to Stockholm in December and therefore will not attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony,” the statement from the Swedish Academy read. “He underscored, once again, that he feels very honored indeed, wishing that he could receive the prize in person.” (RELATED: Bob Dylan Is Awarded Nobel Prize In Literature)

“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.”

The singer initially ignored numerous attempts by the academy to contact him about receiving the honor, but eventually acknowledged the group and called it “incredible” to be honored weeks later, according to another report.

Dylan currently has no tour dates scheduled for December.

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter

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