No­bel is nice, but … Bob Dy­lan not go­ing

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Bob Dy­lan won’t be go­ing to Stockholm to pick up his 2016 No­bel Prize for lit­er­a­ture at the Dec. 10 prize cer­e­mony.

The Swedish Academy said Wed­nes­day that Dy­lan told them “he wishes he could re­ceive the prize per­son­ally, but other com­mit­ments make it un­for­tu­nately im­pos­si­ble.”

The 75-year-old Amer­i­can singer-song­writer was awarded the prize Oct. 13 “for hav­ing cre­ated new po­etic ex­pres­sions within the great Amer­i­can song tra­di­tion.”

The lit­er­a­ture prize and five other No­bel Prizes will be of­fi­cially con­ferred upon win­ners in Stockholm next month on the an­niver­sary of award founder Al­fred No­bel’s death in 1896.

De­tails about who would ac­cept the award on Dy­lan’s be­half were un­clear; more in­for­ma­tion on that was ex­pected Fri­day.

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Sara Da­nius told Swedish news agency TT that the academy re­ceived a “per­sonal let­ter” from Dy­lan and that he “un­der­lined that he feels ex­tremely hon­ored by the No­bel Prize.”

The academy said it “re­spects Bob Dy­lan’s de­ci­sion,” adding that not trav­el­ing to the Swedish cap­i­tal to per­son­ally pick up the pres­ti­gious award was “un­usual, but not ex­cep­tional.”

“The award is still theirs, as it now be­longs to Bob Dy­lan,” the academy said. “We are look­ing for­ward to Bob Dy­lan’s No­bel lec­ture, which he must hold, ac­cord­ing to the re­quire­ments, within six months” from Dec. 10.

KEVIN MAZUR/WIREIMAGE 2015

Bob Dy­lan will not travel to Stockholm to re­ceive his No­bel Prize next month, the Swedish Academy says.

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