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Bob Dylan finally accepts Nobel Prize in Literature months after ceremony

His ambivalence to one of the world’s most prestigious honours saw him branded “impolite and arrogant” but almost six months after he became the first musician to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, Bob Dylan has finally received his award.

The US singer-songwriter collected the diploma and medal ahead of a concert in Stockholm, a member of the Swedish Academy confirmed.

No further details were given.

Swedish Academy officials previously said Dylan would not deliver his Nobel lecture, a traditional condition of receiving the 8m kroner ($900,000, £727,000) prize money, at the event.

He is expected to deliver a taped version of the lecture later.

If he does not deliver a lecture by June, he will have to forfeit the prize money.

A member of the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, told the Associated Press news agency “it went very well indeed”, and that 75-year-old Dylan was “a very nice, kind man”.

In an earlier blog post, the academy’s secretary said the setting would be “small and intimate”. No media were present at Dylan’s request.

After receiving the prize, Dylan performed a concert on Saturday evening at the Stockholm Waterfront venue.
A second concert is planned for Sunday evening.

Dylan is the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize for literature, an honour that has usually been associated with poets and novelists.

But the academy handed Dylan the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Dylan failed to attend the December ceremony, citing previous commitments. In a speech read on his behalf, he said it was “truly beyond words” and he thought his odds of winning were as likely “standing on the moon”.

Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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