Dylan Leaves Nobel Academy Twistin' in the Wind

Singer/songwriter says he has 'other commitments,' but is 'incredibly honored'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2016 12:13 PM CST
Dylan 'Incredibly Honored,' Won't Pick Up Nobel
In this Feb. 13, 2011, file photo, Bob Dylan, center, performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Bob Dylan was oddly silent about his Nobel Prize win, and now he's officially let the Nobel academy know that while he is "incredibly honored" by the literature prize, he won't be at the ceremony in Sweden to actually pick it up. His letter blamed "other commitments" on his inability to attend, the Guardian reports. Two weeks after winning the prize, Dylan did finally address it in an interview, and around the same time he accepted a call from the permanent secretary of the Nobel academy and let her know he had simply been left "speechless" by the news. The academy says it is "unusual" for a Nobel recipient not to accept the award in person. (More Bob Dylan stories.)

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