Bob Dylan is adding the Nobel Prize to his extensive award collection.
The legendary musician has been honoured by The Swedish Academy with the prestigious Nobel Prize In Literature, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”, and after not acknowledging it for weeks, has finally recognized the esteemed honour.
“The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless,” he said in a statement. “I appreciate the honour so much.”
Dylan, 75, is widely perceived to be one of the most influential artists in music, and has received countless honours over the years, including 12 Grammys and an Oscar — which, as the Nobel Prize’s official Twitter handle points out, makes him the first honouree since George Bernhard Shaw to receive both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award.
Whether or not Dylan would accept his prize, though, was initially up in the air, as the Swedish Academy struggled to track down the elusive musician. “Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough,” the academy’s Permanent Secretary, Sara Danius, said in a Swedish radio interview.
Dylan did eventually acknowledge the honour in a brief mention on his website that was eventually taken down, but according to The Telegraph, he will indeed be present to accept his prize – if he can fit the ceremony into his schedule. When asked if he would attend the event, Dylan answered, “Absolutely – if it’s at all possible.”
While he may be playing modest about his win, stars including Christie Brinkley, Molly Ringwald, and even President Obama congratulated Dylan on social media. “Growing up I hung on his every word,” Brinkley wrote.
Growing up I hung on his every word, so I am happy to learn that Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize in Literature! Despite the hours I spent reading his lyrics I was speechless when I met Dylan pictured here at the Live Aid Concert in 1985 #tbt #bobdylan #liveaid #wearetheworld #noblepeaceprize #nobelprize #literature #michaeljackson #billyjoel PS The other company I'm keeping here wasn't too shabby either!
“The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik also congratulated the singer, calling the honour “awesome,” while advocating for a woman to be awarded the prestigious prize as well.