Bob Dylan used his pair of weekend concerts in Stockholm, Sweden to finally accept his Nobel Prize for literature.
Dylan accepted his Nobel diploma and medal on Saturday afternoon (April 1) at a hotel next door to the venue where he was performing that night. The Swedish Academy’s Klas Ostergren told the Associated Press that, as per Dylan’s wishes the ceremony was small and intimate, with just members of the Academy and one of Dylan’s staff attending.
Ostergren called Dylan “a very nice, kind man” and said the ceremony “went very well indeed.” Dylan also received $984,800 in prize money.
He was criticized for not attending the Nobel Prize ceremony held December 10, due to other commitments, though he did send a speech. Dylan did not deliver the required Nobel lecture at Saturday’s ceremony but plans to send a recording of it soon. He did not mention the prize at all during his concerts in Stockholm.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.