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Bob Dylan Was a No Show at The Nobel Prize Ceremony

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The world converged on the 10th of December, 2016 in Stockholm to honor Nobel Prize winners. Bob Dylan had been declared the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, though he has been receiving strong criticism all over the world as to whether his songs qualify to be termed as literature. However, this nagging question was settled once and for all at the ceremony that was held on Saturday at Stockholm. However, despite winning the award, Bob Dylan skipped the ceremony.

Through a speech that was read on his behalf by the American ambassador to Sweden, he admitted that he was surprised and stunned when news reached him that he had won the Nobel Prize. According to the speech, he had never imagined that he would even come closer to winning such a huge award. Bob Dylan explained that he skipped the ceremony because he had other equally important commitments back in the USA.

From an early age, Bob Dylan loved literature. He has widely read and absorbed works of previous giants and winners of literature awards such as Shaw, Kipling, Albert Camus and Pearl Buck. He expressed his humility for being awarded to join the list of those great people.

Bob Dylan’s skipping of the Nobel Prize ceremony made the night very unconventional. His absence in Stockholm meant that he had to appoint a proxy to attend the ceremony on his behalf. He was represented by Patti Smith, an American singer who rose to fame with her 1975 hit song Because the Night and the album ‘Horses’. However, the ceremony proved to be too much for the singer, aged 69, as she got mixed up after some verses in Dylan’s song A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.

Watch Patti Smith’s performance below:

The announcement that Bob Dylan had won the much coveted award had caused some controversy as critics argued that his lyrics could not be categorized as literature. However, on receiving the news, Bob Dylan said that the award reminded him of Shakespeare. He likened his music to Shakespeare’s literature in the sense that his creative ambitions and visions are always at the forefront of his mind.

During the ceremony, his award was presented to his proxy, Patti Smith by Horace Engdahl. Horace is a member of the Swedish Awards Academy and a literary critic. He defended Bob on the controversy matter that Bob had changed the bookish poetry that was very popular in the 1960s. According to the choice of the academy, Dylan’s win seemed pretty obvious beforehand. The presentation of the award ended with applause from the members of the Swedish first family and other gathered dignitaries.

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