Following weeks of back-and-forth surrounding his Nobel Prize win and whether he would accept it, Bob Dylan will not attend the prestigious ceremony after all.
The Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, confirmed Wednesday that the legendary musician would not accept the honour in person next month.
“Yesterday evening the Swedish Academy received a personal letter from Bob Dylan, in which he explained that due to pre-existing commitments, he is unable to travel to Stockholm in December and therefore will not attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony,” the Academy said in a statement. “He underscored, once again, that he feels very honoured indeed, wishing that he could receive the prize in person.”
The news comes after much speculation surrounding Dylan’s accolade. Upon being announced as this year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize In Literature last month, the elusive singer did not acknowledge the coveted prize aside from a brief mention on his website – which was taken down less than 24 hours later.
Eventually, he did release a formal acknowledgement of the honour, telling The Telegraph that he would attend the ceremony “if at all possible.”