The story about Bob Dylan and his Nobel Prize is never-ending.
Many thought the songwriter, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, would be in attendance at President Obama’s Wednesday meet-and-greet for American Nobel Prize winners at the White House, but instead he was a no-show.
“Unfortunately, Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today. So everyone can relax,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters, according to The Hill. The outlet notes Earnest did not provide a reason for his absence.
Since winning the award, Dylan has stayed pretty quiet. At first, he failed to acknowledge the award and The Swedish Academy (the organization that chooses the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature) admitted he wasn’t answering their phone calls. Then, the bio on Dylan’s website was updated to include a note about the prize, but was since taken down. When Dylan did finally respond to the accolade, the 75-year-old musician told The Telegraph he would “absolutely” attend the ceremony “if it’s at all possible.”
“It’s hard to believe,” Dylan said about receiving the award, adding it was “amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?”
After plenty of speculation about whether or not he’d actually show up to the Dec. 10 ceremony in Sweden where the prizes are awarded, the Swedish Academy confirmed the songwriter had “pre-existing commitments” and would be unable to attend.
Dylan must still give a Nobel lecture, though, within six months counting from the date of the ceremony.
Don’t think twice, Bob, just do it.