According to the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, this weekend Bob Dylan will finally accept his Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Swedish Academy had awarded the American musician the honor last October.
Skipping the ceremony:
In a blog post, Danius announced that Dylan will meet with academy officials when he goes to Stockholm “in a few days” to perform in two previously announced concerts on Saturday and Sunday.
Danius wrote “The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will show up at one of the performances. The Academy will then hand over Dylan’s Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature. The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan’s wishes.”
When Dylan, 75, was selected for the prize last year, it took him a few weeks to even formally acknowledge the honor. He claimed being engaged in prior commitments and skipped December’s formal ceremony, which made the Swedish ambassador, Azita Raji, to stand up for him. During the ceremony, Patti Smith performed Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”
However, the winner is required to deliver a lecture within six months of his win, in order to collect the $870,000 in prize money that comes with the honor.
Danius wrote: “Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held. The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point.”