No word as to when Dylan will receive his Nobel prize

"The Academy will then hand over Dylan's Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize In Literature".

Swedish Academy secretary Sara Danius said earlier this week that Dylan would not give the traditional Nobel lecture this weekend, but that a taped version would probably be sent later.

The iconic singer-songwriter will be presented with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, where he will perform in a pair of concerts, reports CNN.

The decision to award the prize to Dylan, whom the Academy said had "created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition", was seen by some as slap in the face to mainstream writers of poetry and prose.

Taped Nobel lectures have been occasionally presented, most recently in 2013 by Canadian Nobel literature laureate Alice Munro.

The award comes with a $900,000 prize under the stipulation that he deliver a lecture by June of this year or forfeit the money.

The decision to give the bard the literature prize caused controversy that only deepened when Dylan was silent about the award for weeks afterwards.

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 the Daily Telegraph: "Well, I'm right here". He had expressed awe at receiving the Nobel Prize and thanked the Swedish Academy for including him among the "giants" of writing. Dylan has pleaded previous commitments to be absent from the laureates ceremony, held here in December.

"What he decides to do is his own business", she had said.

"Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, 'Are my songs literature?'" Dylan said in a thank-you speech read out by the U.S. ambassador to Sweden during the December Nobel ceremony in Stockholm.

"(A) prize from the king's hand, tailcoat, the world's finest party with a long lavish televised dinner. not his cup of tea", she told AFP. It's almost six months since he was announced as the 2016 victor of the Nobel Prize In Literature.

  • Salvatore Jensen