Bob Dylan provides speech for Nobel Prize banquet he won't attend
Bob Dylan may not be attending the Nobel Prize banquet in Stockholm on Dec. 10, but he did “provide” a speech, according to the Nobel Prize’s Twitter account.
“Bob Dylan (#NobelPrize in Literature 2016) has provided a speech which will be read at the Nobel banquet in Stockholm December 10,” the prize tweeted on Monday, just a few weeks after Dylan confirmed he would not attend the reception to pick up his prize.
Though he won’t be in attendance, Patti Smith will perform his 1963 song, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the ceremony in his stead.
Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in October, a move that received mixed reactions from the literary community. (Many authors opposed the pick.) At first, the singer-songwriter was slow to acknowledge the prize and the Swedish Academy all but gave up trying to reach him. He eventually accepted the award 15 days after his win was announced. Last week, he skipped out on President Obama’s meet-and-greet with American Nobel Prize Winners at the White House.