Dylan was announced as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature on October 13
Dylan was announced as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature on October 13. The Academy praised him for “creating new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. Despite this, Dylan failed initially to acknowledge the honour, and was branded “impolite and arrogant” by one member of the Academy for failing to respond.
In an interview with The Guardian, The Rolling Stones have given some insight into how Dylan truly feels about the award. Ronnie Wood said Dylan kept calling him “‘Sir Ronnie… everyone from England is a sir, right?’
“And we said, ‘Yeah Bob, but it’s not like… it’s really good about your Nobel prize.’ And he went: ‘You think so? It’s good, huh?’ And we said, ‘You deserve it.’ And he said, ‘That’s great – thanks.’ He didn’t know how to accept it but he thought he had done something pretty good.”
The iconic singer-songwriter did not attend a meeting held by President Barack Obama at the White House this week (November 30) for American Nobel Prize winners.
“Unfortunately, Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today. So everyone can relax,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters assembled, according to the Hill. Obama congratulated Dylan on Twitter when it was announced he had won the Nobel Prize last month (October).
The Swedish Academy, which awards the prestigious annual prize, said in a statement last week that Dylan has confirmed he will be absent from the Nobel ceremony on December 10.
The statement said that Dylan had written a personal letter explaining that “pre-existing commitments” had prevented him from attending.
The Academy added: “We look forward to Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture, which he must give – it is the only requirement – within six months counting from December 10, 2016.”