The Swedish Academy says Bob Dylan will not be picking up his 2016 Nobel Prize for literature in person.
The award is scheduled to be presented in Stockholm on December 10th.
The Academy says Dylan told them that “he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible.”
Dylan was named the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature on October 13th.
During the announcement in Stockholm, the Nobel committee credited the 75-year-old American singer-songwriter “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
In the days following the announcement, officials from the committee expressed frustration in Dylan not acknowledging the honour.
The award comes with a prize of $900,000.
Since the 1960’s, Dylan has been recording music that has touched on a wide variety of topics from civil rights and politics, to religion and love.
The singer-songwriter has also starred in movies, and published six books of drawings and paintings.