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Bob Dylan Sends Nobel Prize Speech In Lieu of Attending Ceremony

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Musician Bob Dylan performs onstage during the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas at Sony Pictures Studios on June 11, 2009, in Culver City, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

By    |   Monday, 05 Dec 2016 01:59 PM

The Nobel Prize ceremony will be held Dec. 10 and although Bob Dylan will not attend, he did send an acceptance speech to be read at the event.

The Swedish Academy, which provides the awards to recipients, tweeted early Monday that Dylan "has provided a speech which will be read at the Nobel banquet in Stockholm December 10."

It's unknown who will read the speech, but Dylan friend and collaborator Patti Smith will sing his song "A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall" as a tribute at the ceremony.

After telling The Telegraph he would attend the ceremony to accept his Nobel Prize for Literature "if it's at all possible," Dylan later said he had "pre-existing commitments" that would prevent him from traveling to Stockholm for the banquet.

Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in October, but it took him weeks to actually acknowledge the award.

"The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless," Dylan said in a late response to the Swedish Academy. "I appreciate the honor so much."

Academy member Per Wastberg accused the singer of being “impolite and arrogant” for his silence, calling his attitude “unprecedented,” Sky News noted.

Dylan isn’t the first award-winner to skip out on the Nobel ceremony. Previous literature laureates Doris Lessing (2007), Harold Pinter (2005), and Elfriede Jelinek (2004) are among others who have missed the banquet. Lessing said she was too old to attend, while Pinter was in the hospital at the time and Jelinek struggled with social phobia, Sky News noted.

Dylan is expected to visit Stockholm in 2017 for a concert, and he’ll be asked to read either “a written speech, a spontaneous discourse, a film,” or another piece of his choosing.

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