Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1Bob Dylan recently informed the Swedish Academy that he wouldn’t be able to attend the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm this Saturday, December 10, because of “pre-existing commitments.” Now comes word that the legendary singer/songwriter, who’s receiving the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature, will at least be providing a speech, which will be read during the Nobel honorees banquet.

According to a message on the official Nobel Prize Facebook page, Dylan’s speech will be read toward the end of the banquet and also will be posted in the website. In addition, Dylan’s friend and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith will be on hand to perform a version of Bob’s classic song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the ceremony, with accompaniment from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Patti also will take part in the Nobel Week Dialogue seminar, scheduled for Friday, December 9, at which she will talk about the importance of role models.

As previously reported, Dylan caused a bit of controversy when, after his Nobel Prize was announced in October, he kept officials waiting for about two weeks before contacting them to let them know he accepted the honor.

The Swedish Academy, which presents the prizes, noted that after Bob revealed he would not be attending the ceremony, he told them that he “feels very honored indeed” to be chosen for the award, and wished “that he could receive the prize in person.”

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