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Bob Dylan finally gets his Nobel Prize for Literature

Dylan received his award during a small afternoon gathering in Stockholm with just academy members and a member of Dylan’s staff.

Bob Dylan Updated: Apr 02, 2017 10:16 IST
American singer/songwriter Bob Dylan.
American singer/songwriter Bob Dylan.(Reuters Photo)

Bob Dylan finally has his hands on his Nobel Literature diploma and medal.

A member of the Swedish Academy said the 75-year-old American singer/songwriter, who gave a concert in Stockholm on Saturday night, received his award during a small afternoon gathering at a nearby hotel with just academy members and a member of Dylan’s staff.

Klas Ostergren of the Swedish Academy said “it went very well indeed” and that Dylan was “a very nice, kind man.”

Asked by Swedish public broadcaster SVT if Dylan had received his Nobel diploma and medal Saturday afternoon, Academy member Horace Engdahl said: “Yes”, without making any further comments.

The first songwriter to receive the prestigious award, Dylan has joined a celebrated group of laureates including Thomas Mann, Samuel Beckett, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Doris Lessing.

The meeting took place at a secret location. The Swedish Academy declined to comment.

The media report came after the enigmatic star performed the first of his two concerts on Saturday in Stockholm, the first stop on a long-planned European tour for his latest album of cover songs, “Triplicate”.

His second concert is due Sunday.

Dylan, 75, had not been expected to give his traditional Nobel lecture during the meeting.

The lecture is the only requirement to receive the eight million kronor (837,000 euros, $891,000) that comes with the prize.

He has until June 10 to deliver his lecture, which could be anything from a short speech to a performance, a video broadcast or even a song. Failing that, he risks losing the prize money.