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Bob Dylan Breaks His Silence After Winning Nobel Prize in Literature

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Musician Bob Dylan onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)Christopher Polk

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The answer to whether Bob Dylan is happy about being a Nobel laureate is no longer blowin' in the wind.

“I appreciate the honor so much," the legendary musician told Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, in a phone call this week, the Nobel Foundation said in a statement Friday.

Dylan, 75, had stayed mum for more than two weeks since the announcement that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. His silence prompted one Nobel academy member to call Dylan "impolite and arrogant."

“The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless," the elusive singer-songwriter explained in the call.

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The Nobel Foundation said it had "not yet been decided if Dylan will attend any events during the Nobel Week in Stockholm." But the rocker told British newspaper The Telegraph that he "absolutely" wants to attend the December ceremony "if it's at all possible."

The Swedish Academy said it had awarded the honor to Dylan for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." The award comes with a prize of $927,740.

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