Bob Dylan Picks His Stand-In for Nobel Ceremony

None other than Patti Smith, who will perform
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Patti Smith performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. in July.   (Jim Rassol/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
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(Newser) – Bob Dylan says he's too busy to attend the Nobel ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10 to pick up his literature prize, but he's sending quite the stand-in. Rock legend Patti Smith will be there in his place and will perform Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," reports Rolling Stone. The prize committee also announced that Dylan will provide a speech—some kind of lecture is actually a requirement of receiving the $870,000 award—and a member of the Swedish Academy will read it on his behalf, according to local media reports cited by Reuters.

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