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Bob Dylan has finally collected his Nobel Prize for literature, more than three months after the awards ceremony, Swedish media report.

The musician received his medal at a private event in Stockholm before a scheduled concert in the city.

No further details were given.

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

Bob Dylan, 75, is expected to deliver a taped version of the lecture later.

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

A member of the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, told the Associated Press “it went very well indeed”, and that Bob 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 Bob Dylan’s request.

After receiving the prize, Bob Dylan performed a concert on April 1 at the Stockholm Waterfront venue. A second concert is planned for April 2.

The Nobel Prize for literature has usually been associated with poets and novelists.

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

Bob 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”.


Bob Dylan failed to respond to phone calls from the Swedish Academy after being awarded the Nobel literature prize.

A prominent member of the academy that awards the Nobel literature prize has described Bob Dylan as arrogant, citing his total silence since the award was announced last week.

The musician was named the shock winner of the prize last week.

On the evening of 13 October, the day the literature prize winner was announced, Bob Dylan played a concert in Las Vegas during which he made no comment at all to his fans.

Image source Wikipedia

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Bob Dylan ended the concert with a version of the Frank Sinatra hit Why Try To Change Me Now?, taken to be a nod towards his longstanding aversion to the media.

But all efforts by the Swedish Academy to contact him have failed, and he has not acknowledged the win in public.

Academy member Per Wastberg told Swedish television: “He is who he is,” adding that there was little surprise Bob Dylan had ignored the news.

“We were aware that he can be difficult and that he does not like appearances when he stands alone on the stage,” Per Wastberg told Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter newspaper in a separate interview.

A reference to the prize was removed from Bob Dylan’s website last week.

It is still not known if the musician will travel to Stockholm to receive the prize on December 10. If he does not, a ceremony marking his career will go ahead as planned, Per Wastberg said.

Per Wastberg called the snub “unprecedented”, but one person has previously rejected the Nobel Prize in Literature – French author and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964.

And one other recipient was distinctly underwhelmed by the honor conferred upon her by the Swedish Academy.

On learning she had won the prize in 2007, having returned from doing her shopping, the author Doris Lessing responded: “Oh Christ.”

However, Doris Lessing did attend the ceremony later that year.