Bob Dylan Not Traveling To Sweden To Receive Nobel Prize
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)
“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.
BREAKING 2016 #NobelPrize in Literature to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” pic.twitter.com/XYkeJKRfhv
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 13, 2016
Dylan currently has no tour dates scheduled for December.