Bob Dylan accepts his Literature Nobel Prize at last

Dylan received his Nobel gold medal and diploma after months of uncertainty over whether the iconic singer and songwriter would acknowledge and accept the prestigious award. Details of the private event had been closely guarded.

Bob Dylan performs during a segment honoring Director Martin Scorsese, recipient of the Music + Film Award, at the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles January 12, 2012.

The presentation on Saturday came five months after the academy announced Dylan, 75, was the victor and more than three months after the formal award ceremony, which Dylan didn't attend because of "pre-existing commitments", CNN reported.

"Spirits were high. Champagne was had", Danius confided.

After the announcement in October that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Dylan told the Swedish Academy that he would be unable to travel to Stockholm for the December ceremony to receive his Nobel Prize, citing "pre-existing commitments".

After his weekend concerts in Stockholm conclude, Bob is scheduled to play four more gigs in Scandinavia before heading off to Germany for a show in Hamburg on 11 April (17).

Dylan, 75, had not been expected to give his traditional Nobel lecture during the meeting.

"Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, 'Are my songs literature?'" Dylan said later in a thank-you speech read aloud by the U.S. ambassador to Sweden during the December Nobel ceremony in Stockholm, which he skipped due to "pre-existing commitments".

This led one academy member Per Wastberg, to call Dylan "impolite and arrogant".

After months of vagueness and debate, the legendary American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan eventually gets Nobel Prize in literature. 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.

  • Salvatore Jensen