Despite being the first musician to win the Nobel literature award, Dylan doesn’t seem to care too much about the award – at least not enough to show up at the award ceremony. Bob first took ages to even acknowledge the fact that he won this extremely prestigious award, and then skipped on a Nobel Prize meeting with President Obama. He previously noted that he wished he could receive the prize personally, but that he couldn’t make it to the ceremony because of other commitments.
Although he didn’t show up to the ceremony, Bob did write a speech that was read aloud by Azita Raji, the United States Ambassador to Sweden. In the speech, he said “If someone had ever told me that I had the slightest chance of winning the Nobel Prize, I would have to think that I’d have about the same odds as standing on the moon. In fact, during the year I was born and for a few years after, there wasn’t anyone in the world who was considered good enough to win this Nobel Prize. So, I recognize that I am in very rare company, to say the least.”
Despite not showing up, Dylan did get Patti Smith to honor him by singing one of his classic songs, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” However, Patti became so nervous when she started performing that she actually forgot the lyrics in the second verse of the song. She instantly apologized and asked the orchestra to start over. Smith then forgot a few words during the third verse, but managed to finish the song in an emotional way, leaving the crowd misty-eyed.