Bob Dylan won’t attend White House event for Nobel winners


Bob Dylan hasn’t exactly embraced this whole Nobel laureate thing.

The folk music legend and recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature won’t attend a Wednesday meeting with President Obama, a White House spokesman said Wednesday. The president is slated to meet with the other less-elusive winners of the exclusive honor in a closed-to-press confab.

Snubbing the Oval Office is true to form for Dylan: He famously didn’t initially return the Nobel committee’s calls after the award was announced — a pick that was considered stunning, since Dylan is primarily known as a songwriter — though he later proclaimed himself to be honored. He still won’t be attending the actual award ceremony.

A representative for Dylan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He won’t get to hear Obama’s praise in person, but Dylan did get a remote shout-out from POTUS (a Nobel Peace Prize winner). “Congratulations to one of my favorite poets, Bob Dylan, on a well-deserved Nobel,” Obama tweeted last month.

The Washington Post