The Swedish Academy announced that singer-songwriter Bob Dylan had received his Nobel Prize award on Saturday in Stockholm on what seems to be a private ceremony attended by 12 members of the academia. After three months from the official awards ceremony, there was no confirmation whether Dylan would attend any awards for that matter.
The December affair was something Dylan turned down due to prior engagements, but singer-artist, Patti Smith, stood for him and had performed one of Dylan's hits, "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall." Smith also gave a talk about role models and who were the Nobel Laureates that have inspired her throughout life.
According to CNN, little is known about what Dylan had said during his acceptance. There were no media reporters during the event to document the affair. Moreover, the organization and the Nobel Laureate made no statements or remarks before and after the celebration.
The Guardian reported Sara Danius, the Swedish Academy's secretary, as saying, "Quite a bit of time was spent looking closely at the gold medal, in particular, the beautifully crafted back, an image of a young man sitting under a laurel tree who listens to the Muse." She added, "Taken from Virgil's Aeneid, the inscription reads 'Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes,' loosely translated as 'And they who bettered life on earth by their newly found mastery.' The day came to an end with Dylan's extraordinary performance at the Waterfront concert house."
Dylan has until July 10 to deliver a speech or lecture, lest he would lose his prize money worth 8 million kronor or roughly $891,000. Danius said that the Academy would have a taped version of Dylan's lecture and performances, which would be sent to the media at a later date.
Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
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