The 75-year-old singer was announced as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature earlier this year, and although he won’t be attended the prize giving ceremony, he will have to give a lecture within six months in order to remain eligible for the award.
Now, the Swedish Academy – who will host the Nobel Prize ceremony on December 10 – have said the ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ songwriter will likely play a concert in the capital next year, and might give his lecture during the performance.
They said in a statement: “There is a chance that Bob Dylan will be performing in Stockholm next year, possibly in the spring, in which case he will have a perfect opportunity to deliver his lecture.”
The news comes after it was revealed last week that the ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ hitmaker wouldn’t be able to make it to the prize giving ceremony due to “pre-existing commitments”, despite have previously said he would “absolutely” be in attendance.
In another statement, the Academy said: “Yesterday evening the Swedish Academy received a personal letter from Bob Dylan, in which he explained that due to pre-existing commitments, he is unable to travel to Stockholm in December and therefore will not attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony.
“He underscored, once again, that he feels very honoured indeed, wishing that he could receive the prize in person.”
Meanwhile, Dylan took two weeks to accept his nomination for the prize, leading one Academy member to call him “impolite and arrogant” when he failed to return their calls.
When the star finally addressed his win, he said: “Absolutely [I will go to the ceremony]. If it’s at all possible.
“It’s hard to believe. [It’s] amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?”