Patti Smith is to attend the Nobel Prize ceremony in place of Bob Dylan.
Dylan was announced as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in October, but appeared to be unwilling to publicly acknowledge the prize for over two weeks.
He deleted a mention of the prize on his website, but later told the Telegraph it was “an amazing [and] incredible” honour and he would attend the ceremony “if at all possible”. However, he has since confirmed he won’t able to attend due to other commitments.
The event, which takes place on December 10, will instead feature a performance from punk poet Smith instead, as Billboard reports.
Smith will play Dylan’s classic song ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ as a tribute to the 75-year-old musician.
As previously reported, Dylan will be involved in the ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday, but that he will “provide” a speech rather than deliver the customary “lecture on a subject connected with the work for which the prize has been awarded.”
Typically, the lecture is meant to be delivered within six months of the prize being awarded. It has yet to be confirmed who will read the speech at next week’s ceremony.
Nobel spokesperson Annika Pontikis has said Dylan’s diploma and medal will be given to him at a later date, which is to still be determined.