Stockholm – Bob Dylan, the Nobel Prize laureate, does not come to Stockholm for a prize in December. The US rock singer canceled on Tuesday by letter, the Swedish Academy on Wednesday announced.
“He wished he could personally accept the prize, but other commitments made it impossible, and he emphasized that he was very honored by the Nobel Prize.” The academy said they respect the decision.
“The fact that a Nobel Prize laureate can not travel to Stockholm to receive the award is unusual, but not exceptional,” the jury wrote. Other award winners had also canceled their awards for various reasons – such as Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter and Elfriede Jelinek. The Canadian Alice Munro, who received the 2013 prize, had not been able to travel for health reasons.
Within the jury, the rock singer had already caused discomfort for the fact that he did not register in Stockholm after the award for weeks. It was only at the end of October that he had assured the academy that he would accept the award “self-evidently” and “to come to the award” if possible.
In spite of his absence, he was awarded the prize at the award ceremony on 10 December – Alfred Nobel’s anniversary – the academy explained. On one condition: “We are looking forward to Bob Dylan’s Nobel lecture, which he will have to hold within six months from 10 December 2016, which is the only requirement.” Traditionally, the Nobel laureates hold a Nobel speech in the week before the award ceremony.
The award includes a certificate – the so-called Nobel Diploma -, a medal and a document stating the allocation of eight million Swedish crowns (around 810,000 euros). In what way Dylan medal and documents should now get, was initially unclear.