Sends speech for No­bel cer­e­mony

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Mu­sic icon Bob Dy­lan won't be at the No­bel prize cer­e­mony this week to ac­cept his award, but he has sent along a speech to be read aloud, the No­bel foun­da­tion said yes­ter­day. The 75-year-old, whose lyrics have in­flu­enced gen­er­a­tions of fans, has had a sub­dued re­sponse to the honor, re­main­ing silent for weeks fol­low­ing the news in Oc­to­ber he had won the prize for lit­er­a­ture. "This year's Lau­re­ate in Lit­er­a­ture, Bob Dy­lan, will not be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the No­bel Week but he has pro­vided a speech which will be read at the ban­quet," the foun­da­tion said in a state­ment. Send­ing along the speech does not ex­empt the Amer­i­can song­writer from hold­ing a lec­ture at a place and a type of his choos­ing, the only re­quire­ment by the No­bel foun­da­tion.

Rock leg­end Patti Smith will per­form a ver­sion of Dy­lan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the cer­e­mony on De­cem­ber 10 in Stock­holm, which is the same day as the ban­quet. Dy­lan said in a let­ter on Novem­ber 16 that he would not at­tend the cer­e­mony be­cause he had "pre-ex­ist­ing com­mit­ments", in an an­nounce­ment that did not come as a sur­prise to ob­servers. Sev­eral other prize win­ners have skipped the No­bel cer­e­mony in the past for var­i­ous rea­sons-Doris Less­ing, who was too old; Harold Pin­ter, be­cause he was hos­pi­tal­ized, and El­friede Je­linek, who has so­cial pho­bia.

Dy­lan did not say a word about his prize on the day it was an­nounced, Oc­to­ber 13, when he was per­form­ing in Las Ve­gas. The writer of "Blowin' In The Wind", "Like A Rolling Stone", and "Mr Tam­bourine Man" con­fined him­self to his songs. The Swedish Academy said it re­spected Dy­lan's de­ci­sion, but that it was "un­usual" for a No­bel lau­re­ate not to come to Stock­holm to ac­cept the award in per­son. Asked on Oc­to­ber 28 by Bri­tain's Daily Tele­graph news­pa­per if he would at­tend the No­bel prize win­ners' ban­quet, Dy­lan said: "Ab­so­lutely. If it's at all pos­si­ble."

Academy mem­ber Swedish writer Per Wast­berg ac­cused Dy­lan of be­ing "im­po­lite and ar­ro­gant", and said it was "un­prece­dented" that the academy did not know if Dy­lan in­tended to pick up his award. But the first song­writer to win the pres­ti­gious award in lit­er­a­ture is ex­pected to come to Stock­holm early next year. No­bel lau­re­ates are hon­ored ev­ery year on De­cem­ber 10 -- the an­niver­sary of the death of prize's founder Al­fred No­bel, a Swedish in­dus­tri­al­ist, in­ven­tor and phi­lan­thropist. The value of the pres­ti­gious award this year amounts to 8 mil­lion kro­nor ($870,000). — AFP

Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­oree Timothy Sch­mit, cen­ter, of the Ea­gles ar­rives with his family, from left, Ben Sch­mit, Jed­drah Lei­t­er­d­ing, Owen Sch­mit, and Jean Sch­mit at the State Depart­ment for the Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­ors gala din­ner on Satur­day.

Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­oree Joe Walsh, third from left, of the Ea­gles ar­rives with from left, Chris­tian Quilici, Lucy Walsh, Mar­jorie Bach, Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach.

In this file photo, Bob Dy­lan ac­cepts the 2015 MusiCares Per­son of the Year award at the 2015 MusiCares Per­son of the Year show in Los An­ge­les. —AP

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