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Dylan to accept Nobel Prize in Stockholm

Updated onsdag 29 mars kl 16.41
Published onsdag 29 mars kl 13.45
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Bob Dylan will receive his Nobel diploma and medal this weekend in Stockholm. Credit: Chris Pizzello

Bob Dylan will finally accept his Nobel Prize for Literature in a private meeting with the Swedish Academy in Stockholm this weekend. No media will be present.

Professor Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, made the announcement in a blog entry with the headline – Good news about Dylan.

The 75 year old singer, who will perform two concerts in the Swedish capital, turned down the traditional request to attend the Nobel ceremony in Stockholm last December. He still needs to give his Nobel lecture, a requirement for picking up the SEK 8 million prize money, but will be sending a recorded one, according to the Academy.

"The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will be at one of the performances. Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held," said Professor Sara Danius.

The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point. (Taped Nobel lectures are presented now and then, the latest of which was that of Nobel Laureate Alice Munro in 2013.)

"At this point no further details are known. The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend. 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 with no media present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan’s wishes," Danius said. 

Earlier this week, Professor Danius told newspaper Dagens Nyheter that she has not had contact with Dylan recently, but that he was aware of the June 10 deadline to present his Nobel lecture or miss out on the prize money.

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