Bob Dylan finally picks up Nobel Prize for Literature

Bob Dylan has picked up the Nobel Prize in Literature on Sunday, April 2, four months after declining the award academy's original invitation to the prize ceremony in December.

"Bob Dylan received his medal and diploma this weekend during a meeting with members of the Swedish Academy", the home page reads. He referred to the singer as "a very nice, kind man". Academy members and a member of Dylan's staff were the only attendees. And you know, Dylan didn't apply for the Nobel Prize.

It seemed like Bob Dylan didn't want to accept the award at all. Now, six months after the announcement was made, Dylan finally has his award in his hands. He is expected to deliver a recorded version of the lecture later.

Taped Nobel lectures have been occasionally presented, most recently in 2013 by Canadian Nobel literature laureate Alice Munro. He thanked the Swedish Academy for including him among the "giants" of writing and expressed awe at receiving the Nobel Prize.

The media report came after the enigmatic star performed the first of his two concerts on Saturday in Stockholm, the first stop on a long-planned European tour for his latest album of cover songs, Triplicate.

However, Lars Sjoblom a sound and light technician and close admirer of Dylan felt bit disappointed over his absence of Nobel acceptance speech showing respect to the Swedish people.

The Nobel committee explained Dylan deserved the award over distinguished writers "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

  • Salvatore Jensen