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Bob Dylan has accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature, the Swedish Academy said, adding that getting the prestigious award left him "speechless."The academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, said Dylan himself contacted them and said "of course" he would accept the prize. Danius told Sweden's TT news agency that Dylan called her Tuesday evening and they spoke for about 15 minutes."The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless," Dylan told Danius, according to a statement posted Friday on the academy's website. "I appreciate the honor so much."PHOTOS: Music's Biggest Rock Stars Through The YearsIt has not yet been decided whether Dylan will attend any Nobel events in Stockholm in December, Danius said.In an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph posted Friday, Dylan was quoted as saying he "absolutely" wants to attend the Dec. 10 prize ceremony, "if it's at all possible."MORE: Conan O'Brien To Host Nobel Concert, Halsey To PerformDanius said the academy will do "all it can" to have a schedule suiting Dylan if he wants to come to Stockholm, according to TT.The 75-year-old singer-songwriter was awarded the prize on Oct. 13 "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."Dylan at first was silent after the announcement, and a member of the Swedish Academy called the silence "impolite and arrogant."Dylan has accepted numerous awards over the years, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for which he attended a White House ceremony in 2012. But he also has a history of taking his time acknowledging them.MORE: Bob Dylan Wins 2016 Nobel Prize In Literature In 2013, he became the first rock star voted into the elite American Academy of Arts and Letters, which made him an honorary member. According to executive director Virginia Dajani, the academy informed Dylan of the decision — through his manager, Jeff Rosen — in January of that year. Only in May 2013 did Dylan respond, through his manager.If Dylan travels to Stockholm for the Nobel ceremony, it won't be the first time he receives an award from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf. In 2000, Dylan collected the Polar Music Prize from him.
Merle Haggard didn’t take long to respond to Bob Dylan. The 77-year old country legend issued a statement yesterday (Feb. 7) that refuted Dylan’s claim charge that he wasn’t a fan of his. Haggard opened for Dylan during a tour in 2005.“Bob Dylan, I’ve admired your songs since 1964,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “‘Don’t Think Twice [It’s Alright]’ Bob, Willie [Nelson] and I just recorded it on our new album.”While accepting MusiCares’ Person of the Year Award Friday night (Feb. 6), Dylan said, “Merle Haggard didn’t even think much of my songs. I know he didn’t. He didn’t say that to me, but I know way back when he didn’t. Buck Owens did, and he recorded some of my early songs…’Together Again,’ that’s Buck Owens. And that trumps anything else out of Bakersfield. Buck Owens or Merle Haggard? If you had to have somebody’s blessing, you can figure it out.”Haggard and Nelson were, along with Waylon Jennings, the main stars to come out of the Outlaw Country movement of the ‘70s. Their 1983 album, ‘Pancho & Lefty,’ is considered a high point of the genre.Rock’s Nastiest FeudsSubscribe to Ultimate Classic Rock on See the Yearbook Photos of Bob Dylan and Other Rock StarsNext: Country Acts Who RockLEARN MORETop 100 '70s Albums See All Album ReviewsThe Most Inflluential Grunge AlbumsTop 200 '70s SongsArtists That Predicted Their Death15 Disturbing Songs People Love It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites. Enter your password Forgot your password? It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ultimateclassicrock.com using your original account information.Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience. Zip Not a member? Sign up hereUltimate Classic Rock brought to you by:Sign up for Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!Ultimate Classic Rock brought to you by: