Bob Dylan missed his induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, held yesterday (May 15).
According to Rolling Stone, Dylan was voted in as an honorary member, joining a prestigious pool of individuals including Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese.
“In 1983 the category of American Honorary membership was inaugurated, to comprise not more than 15 persons of great distinction in the creative arts whose work falls outside or transcends the Academy’s Departments of Art, Literature, and Music,” Academy president Henry Cobb said in a statement. “The members of the Academy have this year elected to American Honorary Membership Bob Dylan – poet, composer, musician, who has moved our culture with a consequence perhaps unmatched by any artist of our time.”
Dylan skipped the induction, however, with Cobb citing Dylan’s touring schedule as the reason for his no show. In a statement Dylan wrote, “I feel extremely honoured and very lucky to be included in this pantheon of great individual artists who comprise the Academy of Arts and Letters. I look forward to meeting all of you some time soon.”
Dylan will soon be heading out with Wilco and My Morning Jacket on the AmericanaramA tour.