By Lennart Simonsson / dpa
STOCKHOLM — Bob Dylan Saturday collected 2016 literature Nobel medal om a private ceremony at an undisclosed location in Stockholm.
Members of the Swedish Academy told broadcaster SVT that Dylan received his award before he took the stage at the Stockholm Waterfront for the first of two concerts in the Swedish capital.
The low-key ceremony attended only by members of the academy was in line with Dylan’s wishes.
Dylan was cited in October for creating “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
The literature prize is one of the awards endowed by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite.
Traditionally, the Nobel awards are presented Dec. 10, marking the anniversary of Nobel’s death in 1896.
Dylan, though, said he was unable to attend that event, citing other commitments.
His Nobel lecture — required to receive the cash award of $930,000 — must delivered by June 10. Usually it is held a few days before the December ceremony.
Academy Permanent Secretary Sara Danius said that Dylan’s lecture would be recorded and “sent at a later point.”
Dylan’s concert Saturday took place the day after he released “Triplicate,” a three-disc recording of classic American songs including “As Time Goes By,” “Stormy Weather,” and “Sentimental Journey.”