Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize for Literature has generated a fair bit of controversy over the last month or two.

Some literary figures have expressed their views, saying that the Prize should have been awarded to a poet or an author, rather than a songwriter.

Then, there was the fact that Dylan had not responded personally to the announcement or to the Nobel committee, although they claimed that they were 'not worried' about his silence.

Now, it's been revealed that he will not attend the ceremony in Stockholm next month.

The Associated Press report that the Swedish Academy said that Dylan "wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible." Secretary Sara Danius said that they had received a personal letter from the musician, however, in which he "underlined that he feels extremely honored by the Nobel Prize".

They added: "We are looking forward to Bob Dylan's Nobel lecture, which he must hold, according to the requirements, within six months" from Dec. 10."

Dylan does not have any tour dates scheduled past November 23rd, so it's unclear what his 'other commitments' may be.