The BBC is reporting that Bob Dylan will finally accept his Nobel Prize for Literature, but he doesn’t seem too thrilled about it. After earning the honor last year, the reclusive singer couldn’t have made it any clearer to the Nobel academy that he wasn’t interested in being recognized.
While most honorees would hitchhike to the Stockholm award ceremony of they had to, Dylan didn’t even bother showing up, and had United States Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji read a speech he wrote instead.
Well, it seems Dylan may have heard the very loud criticism he faced for skipping the original ceremony because he’s agreed to meet the academy this weekend in Stockholm where he’ll be to perform two shows. The legendary musician and will even give the lecture required of recipients to collect their $900,000 prize money, not that he needs it.
And while Dylan’s decision to accept the award in person may be encouraging to those who felt he disrespected the institution of the Nobel Prize to begin with, Dylan still feels like something of a reluctant winner. For one, he won’t deliver the lecture in person, and has instead decided to send in a recorded version. And, when he meets with the academy this weekend, no media will be present.
“The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend,” the academy’s permanent secretary, Professor Sara Danius wrote on Thursday. “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.”
We’d hate to see how Dylan reacts when he loses.