Bob Dylan Receives Nobel Prize in Literature at Ceremony in Sweden

December 10, 2016 05:45 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Dec. 16 "Bob Dylan Day" in Minnesota, and on Saturday the music legend officially received the Nobel Prize in Literature in Stockholm, Sweden.

Patti Smith paid tribute to Dylan by singing his song "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." She stopped a couple times after forgetting the lyrics and apologized to the audience in the Stockholm Concert Hall. 


The 75-year-old Hibbing native did not attend, but did write a speech that was read at the banquet. 

Bob Dylan has expressed awe at receiving the Nobel Prize in literature and thanked the Swedish Academy for including him among the "giants" of writing.

In remarks read by the U.S. ambassador, he alluded to the debate about whether the award should go to a songwriter.

Dylan said when Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet," he probably was thinking about which actors to pick and where to find a skull.

In his words: "I'm sure the farthest thing from Shakespeare's mind was: 'Is this literature?'"

Dylan said he too focuses on "mundane matters" such as recording in the right key, not on whether his songs are literature.

He thanked the Academy for considering the question and "providing such a wonderful answer."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


Brent Palm

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