American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will not be attending the December 10 ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, to receive his 2016 Nobel Prize for literature, the Swedish Academy confirmed Wednesday.
Dylan was awarded the prize on October 13 and speculation as to whether he would be in attendance for the ceremony has been running high. It is not yet known who will accept the award on Dylan’s behalf.
Dylan told the Swedish Academy “he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible.” The 75-year-old also said he “feels extremely honoured by the Nobel Prize,” in a letter to the academy.
While he won’t be attending the ceremony in person to accept the award, Dylan is still expected to hold a lecture within six months of December 10, which is a requirement of winning an award.
See, totally not snubbing the academy. Dylan just has other commitments…like avoiding the Scandinavian winter.