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Dylan Skips American Academy Of Arts And Letters Ceremony, Sends Statement

Dylan Skips American Academy Of Arts And Letters Ceremony, Sends Statement

Bob Dylan is now officially in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  The legendary singer-songwriter was voted in as an honorary member earlier this year, becoming the first rocker to be welcomed into the 115-year-old organization.  But Bob didn't attend this week's induction ceremony.  However, he isn't shunning the honor, either.  Dylan sent a statement to Wednesday's event, saying he felt "extremely honored and very lucky to be included in this pantheon of great individual artists who comprise the Academy of Arts and Letters."  He added that he was looking forward to "meeting all of you some time soon."  And despite the "honorary" title, the Academy wants him on board.  Executive Director Virginia Dejani says Dylan was one of several names on the ballot for membership, and "he won handily."  She adds that he was only made an "honorary" member because he's "a very multi-talented person" whose work is "so unusual" and "defies categorization."

The Academy also makes note of this Renaissance quality in their citation for him.  It reads, "For more than 50 years, defying categorization in a culture beguiled by categories, Bob Dylan has probed and prodded our psyches, recording and then changing our world and our lives through poetry made manifest in song -- creating relationships that we never imagined could exist between words, emotions and ideas."

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