Bob Dylan may give his Nobel Prize lecture during the most fitting event— a concert in Stockholm.
The Swedish Academy controversially awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature to the “Mr. Tambourine Man” singer. While the 75-year-old singer-songwriter has confirmed he will not attend the Dec. 10 Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, his acceptance of the award may come during a concert there in 2017, according to the Academy.
In an interview with the Swedish public radio Friday, the Academy’s secretary Sara Danius said the rules for delivering a lecture upon winning the award are “flexible.” “A written speech, a spontaneous discourse, a film,” or more artistic expressions are accepted as proper lecture mediums. In turn, Dylan could deliver a lecture during the concert, or accept the award through song.
Many in the literary community have spoken out against the choice of Dylan as this year’s recipient, and prior to his death, author Kurt Vonnegut called him “the worst poet alive.”
As for who will represent Dylan at the formal ceremony in December, no word has been given.