Bob Dylan has yet to acknowledge his Nobel Prize for Literature, and has not responded to repeated calls from the awarding body. They now say they have stopped trying to contact him.
The Swedish Academy, which named the US singer the recipient of its prestigious accolade on Thursday, said that calls and emails had only been answered by Mr Dylan’s collaborators. The 75-year-old has so far not responded to the honour, and didn’t mention it when he appeared in concert over the weekend.
“Right now, we are doing nothing,” said Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Nobel Prize. She confirmed the academy did not know whether the singer would travel to Sweden in December to receive the award.
“If he doesn’t want to come, he won't come," she said. "It will be a big party in any case and the honour belongs to him."
Meanwhile, news of Mr Dylan’s Nobel win has seen a huge spike in public interest in Dylan’s music.
According to a spokesperson from digital music platform Spotify, streams for his songs had increased by more than 500 per cent.
Mr Dylan is the first musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.