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Shut up, Bob Dylan does want his Nobel Prize

By | Published on Monday 31 October 2016

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is totally chuffed to have won the Nobel Prize For Literature and would very much like to attend the prize-giving ceremony. Oh what, you thought he was being aloof? That’s your problem, because you want everything now, now, now.

Speaking to The Telegraph last week, the musician finally acknowledged the award, saying that it was “amazing, incredible” and adding, “Whoever dreams about something like that?” He also said that he would “absolutely” turn up to receive his prize in Sweden “if it’s at all possible”.

Though it’s not really The Telegraph that needs to know all this, given that the organisers of the Nobel prizes had been getting increasingly tetchy about the singer-songwriter’s failure to confirm that he would accept their award. But don’t worry. Dylan subsequently picked up the phone to the Swedish Academy too.

According to a statement from said organisers, he told the Academy’s Sara Danius: “The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless. I appreciate the honour so much”.

So, there you go. He wasn’t being “rude and arrogant” in his silence, he just needed a moment to collect his thoughts. Maybe you’re the rude and arrogant one. Huh? Did you think of that? I hope you’re sorry. The big question now, of course, is will Anthony Kiedis win the prize next year?