Bob Dylan: “The Nobel Prize left me speechless”

Dylan breaks his fortnight-long silence on the subject

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Bob Dylan has finally acknowledged his Nobel Prize for Literature.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Dylan described the award as, “Amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?”

Dylan also confirmed that he “absolutely” plans on attending the gala in Stockholm – “if it’s at all possible.”


The Nobel committee had previously admitted that Dylan had yet to acknowledge receipt of the award, or indicate whether he will attend the celebrations.

Dylan replied simply, “Well, I’m right here.”

Meanwhile, in a separate announcement Friday, the Nobel Foundation revealed that they did finally get in contact with Dylan about the prize.

In a statement, the committee wrote:

‘On 13 October, 2016, the Swedish Academy announced that this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

‘This week Bob Dylan called the Swedish Academy. “The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless”, he told Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy. “I appreciate the honor so much.”’


In the Telegraph interview, Dylan admitted he hasn’t considered whether he’s worthy of the Nobel Prize for Literature. “I’ll let other people decide what they are. The academics, they ought to know. I’m not really qualified,” Dylan said. “I don’t have any opinion.”

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