Bob Dylan accepts his Literature Nobel Prize at last

File picture of Bob Dylan, who accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm on Saturday night.
Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Bob Dylan has accepted his Nobel Prize for literature, more than three months after the awards ceremony, Swedish media report, the BBC reported on Sunday.

He received his medal at a private event in Stockholm before a scheduled concert in the city.No further details were given, the BBC added.

According to the BBC, Swedish Academy officials previously said Dylan would not deliver his Nobel lecture, a traditional condition of receiving the 8m krona ($900,000, £727,000) prize money, at the event.

He is expected to deliver a taped version of the lecture later.
If he does not deliver a lecture by June, he will have to forfeit the prize money, the BBC explained.

A member of the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, told the Associated Press news agency “it went very well indeed”, and that 75-year-old Dylan was “a very nice, kind man”, the BBC also indicated.

In an earlier blog post, the academy’s secretary said the setting would be “small and intimate”. No media were present at Dylan’s request, the BBC said.

After receiving the prize, Dylan performed a concert on Saturday evening at the Stockholm Waterfront venue. A second concert is planned for Sunday evening.

The Nobel Prize for literature has usually been associated with poets and novelists.

But the academy handed Dylan the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Dylan failed to attend the December ceremony, citing previous commitments. In a speech read on his behalf, he said it was “truly beyond words” and he thought his odds of winning were as likely “standing on the moon”, the BBC explained.

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