It appears Bob Dylan will be present at the Nobel Foundation's events this week -- even if he's not there.
Though Dylan, the first songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, has declined to attend Saturday's (December 10) festivities in Stockholm due to unspecified other commitments, he is sending what the Nobel Foundation calls a "speech of thanks," which will be read during a banquet that night.
Dylan will receive his medal and Nobel diploma at a later date, according to the organization; He's required to deliver a Nobel Lecture of some sort within 10 months of the ceremony.
Meanwhile, outspoken Dylan admirer Patti Smith will perform his song "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" during a Nobel ceremony earlier in the day.
Dylan also skipped a meeting for U.S. Nobel Prize Laureates with President Barack Obama on November 30 at the White House.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.