Few musicians are as legendary and recognized as Bob Dylan. He’s considered one of the greatest troubadour and one of the most influential artists and lyricist of our time. All of this got even more clear after he won a Nobel Prize in Literature without even postulating himself.
Dylan ignored the award and two weeks later he released a statement: “I appreciate the honor so much”. This obviously generated some polemic. Dylan’s lack of interest for the awkward was taken for some as “rude” or “unpolite”. Since he didn’t even pick his Nobel price until now.
Getting on the podium
After months of wondering why Bob Dylan didn’t want to receive the prestigious award, he finally picked it up on April 1st. He stated that he had “other previously booked commitments.” So now, since he was in Sweden, for a tour of his latest album “Triplicate,” he got his prize.
Dylan finally put his hands over his Nobel Price diploma and medal, he did it in a very Rock & Roll way. Since he got them through the backdoor and wearing a black hoodie. A private ceremony was held in a hotel. Only 12 members of the Nobel Academy and Dylan’s personal staff attended the event.
The event was very intimate, there was no press member allowed, all aligned to the American singer wishes. Dylan didn’t talk about the award but he did perform some of his iconic songs and some of the most recent ones.
Admiring the price
Even though Dylan didn’t speak at all about the price he took some time to admire it. “Quite a bit of time was spent looking closely at the gold medal, in particular, the beautifully crafted back. An image of a young man sitting under a laurel tree who listens to the Muse. Taken from Virgil’s Aeneid, the inscription reads: ‘Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes,’ loosely translated as ‘And they who bettered life on earth by their newly found mastery’.” stated Sara Danius, an academy member.
Dylan was pleased with his award after all, as other members of the academy told Swedish media. They even said he was “a very nice, kind man.” Still, in order to receive the award worth 8 million kronor ($894,800), Dylan has until June to give a lecture referring to anything of the nature of work for what he is receiving the award.
It can be anything, a short note, speech, video, etc. Being this the only requirement to receive the award. To what the 75-years-old singer said he will later record a version of a speech and send it. He was granted the Nobel in literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. He was the first musician to receive this award.
— The Local Sweden (@TheLocalSweden) April 2, 2017