"Bob Dylan Day" coincides with the date Dylan will be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, an award he's totally not showing up to accept.
Dylan, who cited "pre-existing commitments" when declining the invitation, wrote the thank-you speech, which was read by the U.S. ambassador to Sweden at a gala banquet after the main event.
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The 69-year-old singer-songwriter forgot the lyrics in the second verse and had to pause to regain her composure.
"Sorry, I'm so nervous", but the august audience didn't seem to mind in video of the performance on the Nobel Prize Facebook page. But he said it was "truly beyond words" that he was joining those names on the winners' list.
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Smith sang the Dylan classic "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" on behalf of the American singer-songwriter at the awards ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. One prize victor per category traditionally gives an acceptance speech at the banquet.
"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".
But Dylan was having none of it. The academy's only requirement is for Dylan to present a Nobel lecture within six months. However, he has since confirmed he won't able to attend due to other commitments.
Many had questioned whether Dylan's work qualified as literature, after the Swedish Academy announced their choice.