Bob Dylan finally gets his hands on his Nobel literature prize

After months of controversy, Bob Dylan was due in Stockholm on Saturday to finally grab his Nobel literature prize in a meeting with the Swedish Academy, which honoured him for his poetry.

The Literature prize is one of the awards endowed by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite.

The last Nobel Laureate to give a taped lecture was Nobel Laureate Alice Munro in 2013.

Other members of the academy told Swedish media that Dylan seemed pleased by the award.

However, the victor is required to deliver a lecture within six months of his win, in order to collect the $870,000 in prize money that comes with the honor. He has said he will not give his Nobel lecture this weekend but a recorded version of it will be sent later.

She said members of the Academy would "show up at one of the performances" and "hand over" Dylan's commemorative diploma and medal in person.

The media report came after the enigmatic star performed the first of his two concerts on Saturday in Stockholm, the first stop on a long-planned European tour for his latest album of cover songs, "Triplicate". Dylan has pleaded previous commitments to be absent from the laureates ceremony, held here in December.

"Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, 'Are my songs literature?'" Dylan said later in a thank-you speech read aloud by the United States ambassador to Sweden during the December Nobel ceremony in Stockholm, which he snubbed due to "pre-existing commitments".

Maria Schottenius, a literary critic and columnist at Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, said she believes Dylan does care about the Nobel.

"Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself: 'Are my songs literature?'", he wrote.

But in a speech read out on his behalf, he said he had thought his odds of winning were as likely as him "standing on the moon".

Now, he is performing at Stockholm this weekend. During the meeting the Nobel Prize Certificate and the Nobel Prize medal will be handed over.

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