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Bob Dylan could lose out on Nobel millions

Published tisdag 28 mars kl 17.05
Nobel secretary: What Dylan decides to do is up to him.
(1:34 min)
Bob Dylan records stacked on table
Bob Dylan is performing in Stockholm and Lund in April. Credit: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Bob Dylan, the world-renowned singer and songwriter, may forfeit his Nobel prize money.

Dylan has yet to give his formal Nobel lecture, a condition for receiving the funds, which amount to SEK 8,000,000.

According to the Nobel Foundation's statutes, recipients have to give their lectures within six months of receiving the award.

Dylan was formally awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on December 10, but did not show up to collect it in person.  He has has until June 10 to present his lecture if he wants to claim the prize money. Whether he intends do so, remains unclear.

Bob Dylan is visiting Sweden in April, as part of a Europe-wide tour. As of yet, no Nobel lecture has been scheduled, according to the Swedish Academy which awards the literature prize.

The Academy has not spoken to Dylan “in recent months”, permanent secretary Sara Danius confirmed on Monday on her official blog.

“Dylan is well aware that a Nobel lecture must be given before June 10, if he is to receive the prize money,” Danius added. “Ultimately, what he decides to do is up to him.”

The Nobel Foundation does not have specific requirement for the lectures. Laureates usually give them during Nobel Week in Stockholm, but there have been exceptions. In recent years, some recipients have pre-recorded their remarks due to illness or the inability to travel.

Bob Dylan will be performing in Stockholm on April 1 and 2 and in Lund on April 9.

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