The Swedish Academy said that the 75-year-old entertainer said “he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible,” (via USA Today).
Bob won the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
The Academy noted it’s unusual for recipients to not pick up their award in person, but it isn’t the first time it has happened.
In 2004, novelist Elfriede Jelinek remained at home due to a social phobia.
Bob must give a Nobel lecture at least six months after the ceremony.