Bob Dylan will not attend Nobel Prize ceremony due to scheduling conflict

This year's recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature said he felt "honored"

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. It took a few weeks for him to acknowledge the accolade, but when he was finally reached for comment, he said it was “amazing, incredible.”

A celebratory gala is set for December 10th in Stockholm, Sweden. Dylan had planned to attend; however, according to a press release, he has now sent the Swedish Academy a letter informing them otherwise.

In “a personal letter,” Dylan said he would be unable to attend the ceremony “due to pre-existing commitments,” notes the press release, which adds, “He underscored, once again, that he feels very honored indeed, wishing that he could receive the prize in person.”

As a recipient of the Nobel Prize, Dylan is required to do a Nobel lecture between now and next June.

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