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Dylan accepted his Nobel diploma and medal on Saturday afternoon (April 1) at a hotel next door to the venue where he was performing that night.

At the time, the Swedish Academy said that the singer-songwriter informed them "he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible".

"It went very well indeed", he said, describing Dylan as "a very nice, kind man".

Only academy members and a member of Dylan's staff were in attendance.

Last year, it took Dylan two weeks to acknowledge he'd been announced as a Nobel Prize victor and when he finally did publicly react to the award, he said he wasn't sure he could make it to the ceremony where it would be presented.

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Dylan still has until 10 Jun to provide a lecture relevant to his win in order to take home his $900,000 prize money.

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

Dylan, 75, had not been expected to give his traditional Nobel lecture during the meeting.

Dylan must deliver a Nobel lecture by June, or forfeit the $927,740 prize, though he will still be considered the laureate. "The day came to an end with Dylan's extraordinary performance at the Waterfront concert house".

Bob Dylan now has in his possession a Nobel Prize. The Academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, on the announcement of Dylan's award in October, said that Dylan "is a great poet in the English-speaking tradition", drawing parallels between his work and that of ancient Greek poets. Then we learned that he wouldn't attend the ceremony, but would send a speech to acknowledge the award.


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