Bob Dylan Is Skipping the Nobel Prize Ceremony

Bob Dylan Acknowledges Nobel Prize, Says He'll 'Absolutely' Attend the Ceremony If He Can
Legendary musician Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature earlier this month.

Last month, Bob Dylan became the first singer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for, “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

Despite the prestige that comes with the award, it took Dylan quite some time to officially respond to the honor, to which he eventually admitted receiving the award was “hard to believe” adding, “Whoever dreams about something like that?” When asked if he planned to attend the award ceremony in Stockholm in December, the singer replied, “Absolutely [if] it’s at all possible.”

Well, now it seems it may not be possible after all. BBC News reports, The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prizes, confirmed they received a personal letter from Dylan explaining that he would not be able to attend due to “pre-existing commitments.”

While Dylan is no longer able to attend the ceremony, the award is still his for the taking, so long as he gives his Nobel lecture before June of next year.