Bob Dylan finally collects his Nobel Prize for Literature

American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, victor of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, has finally accepted the Nobel Prize at a private ceremony in Stockholm, confirms a blog post shared by Sara Danius, the Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy. The venue was next to the centre where Dylan was to perform later that night.

The 75-year-old legend received the prize in Sweden in the midst of a small gathering.

Dylan is still expected to deliver a taped version of the lecture by June; if he fails to, he will need to forfeit the money.

"Earlier today (Saturday) the Swedish Academy met with Bob Dylan for a private ceremony in Stockholm, during which Dylan received his gold medal and diploma".

Other academy members noted the Blowin' in the Wind hitmaker appeared extremely pleased at the relaxed ceremony upon receiving his award.

For the unversed, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". No media were present at Dylan's request, the BBC said.

But in order to receive the award worth 8 million kronor ($894,800), Dylan must give a lecture within six months from December 10. However, he did not reportedly make any reference to the Nobel Prize while performing at the concert later in the evening.

The Like A Rolling Stone singer took more than two weeks to respond to the announcement that he had been awarded the prize in October, finally saying he had been left "speechless" by the win.

Dylan kept silent for weeks after he was announced as the victor and when he was asked at the time why he did not respond to the Academy's calls, he told Britain's Daily Telegraph: "Well, I'm right here".

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

"It went very well indeed", Klas says of the prizegiving, before noting Bob is "a very nice, kind man".

Dylan later apologised for not being able to attend the ceremony and expressed surprise over being chosen for an honour given to literature heavyweights like Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus.

Armed with a harmonica and an acoustic guitar, Dylan confronted social injustice, war and racism, and recording an astonishing 300 songs in his first three years.

  • Salvatore Jensen