Dylan to give concerts in Sweden after missing Nobel fete

This weekend, Bob Dylan didn't attend the Stockholm ceremony honoring him as the victor of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature.

As the always-slippery folk singer forewarned, he was not there to receive the 2016 prize in literature, but he sent a warm, humble statement accepting the honour, which was read by Azita Raji, the USA ambassador to Sweden, at an evening banquet in Stockholm. "So, I recognize that I am in very rare company, to say the least".

There was much excitement building towards the Nobel Prize Awards, it was scheduled that legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan would be performing in honor of receiving the prestigious award in literature. He said it took him "more than a few minutes to properly process" the fact that he won the prize.

Dylan said when Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet", he probably was thinking about which actors to pick and where to find a skull.

The ceremony also included a performance by Patti Smith, who sang a rendition of Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall".

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman and raised Jewish in Minnesota, Dylan, 75, wrote some of the most influential and well-known songs of the 1960s.

Forgetting the lyric "I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin', Smith apologised and asked if she could start that section of the song again". "But it's my songs that are at the vital center of nearly everything I do".

He thanked the Academy for considering the question and "providing such a wonderful answer".

For a bit of a preview of what Dylan's Nobel lecture might sound like, check out the speech that he sent to the ceremony this weekend. The academy has indicated that the lecture could be a concert.

"I am so nervous", she explained, as she was encouraged by applause from the dignitaries and members of the Swedish royal family at the ceremony in Stockholm's Concert Hall.

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