Bob Dylan finally received his Nobel Literature diploma and medal.
A small ceremony:
According to Klas Ostergren, a member of the Swedish Academy, the 75-year-old American singer-songwriter received his award during a small gathering Saturday afternoon at a hotel next to the conference center where Dylan was performing a concert later that night
The ceremony was a small, intimate event following the singer’s wishes, with just academy members and a member of Dylan’s staff attending, according to Ostergren. He said that the ceremony went very well and described Dylan as “a very nice, kind man.”
Dylan seemed pleased by the award according to several academy members’ media statements.
Dylan made no reference to the Nobel award during his show hours later, he only performed a set blending old classics with tunes from his more recent albums.
Dylan didn’t attend the traditional Nobel Prize banquet and ceremony on Dec. 10, which is the date of Alfred Nobel’s death, citing other commitments.
However, Dylan must give a lecture within six months from Dec. 10 in order to receive the award worth 8 million kronor ($894,800). He won’t give his Nobel lecture this weekend but will send a recorded version of it later.
Occasionally, taped Nobel lectures have been presented, the most recent was in 2013 by Canadian Nobel literature laureate Alice Munro.
Shmuel Burger, a 61-year-old physician and die-hard Dylan fan who traveled from Israel for the concert said “I think he has said it all already as you heard in the acceptance speech. And you know, Dylan didn’t apply for the Nobel Prize. People seem to forget that. It wasn’t a competition, he didn’t ask for it, he was bestowed it. It’s not for the giver of a gift to expect something in return.”
A great honor:
Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” He thanked the Swedish Academy for including him among the “giants” of writing and expressed awe at receiving the Nobel Prize.
Dylan will play in the southwestern city of Lund on April 9 as well as his two concerts in Stockholm.