By Maya Rhodan
December 10, 2016

Bob Dylan was not in attendance at the 2016 Nobel Prize banquet in Stockholm on Saturday, but the 2016 winner did send a surrogate to read his speech.

Dylan is the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, one of the highest honors on the globe, though he has appeared to bit reluctant. A statement released by Swedish Academy said that while the songwriter was “very honored indeed” for the prize, due to a prior commitment he was not able to travel to the event. “That laureates decide not to come [to the banquet] is unusual, to be sure, but not exceptional,” the statement says. Read his full speech here:

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