Bob Dylan has been accused of lifting lines for his Nobel Prize speech from SparkNotes, which teenagers and university students use to help them revise for exams. Bob Dylan has been accused of plagiarism. An investigation into his speech was prompted by the discovery that Bob had quoted a line from Moby-Dick which does not actually appear in the Herman Melville novel, and 19 other similarities between his description of the award-winning book and the summary of it on SparkNotes were subsequently found.
Last week we reported that members of the Nobel Prize committee were not happy with singer Bob Dylan after he failed to acknowledge his prestigious win. The star was branded “impolite and arrogant” for “refusing” to comment on being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, but the star has now broken his silence and revealed that he had a pretty good reason for staying schtum. Dylan was chosen for the prestigious prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”, and President Barack Obama even took to Twitter to congratulate the star on his win, dubbing Dylan as “one of my favourite poets”.
On Oct. 25, New York Times op-ed columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman discussed Bob Dylan’s lack of acknowledgment of his Nobel Prize with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. Krugman said, “Someone has given you an enormous compliment. You owe it to say thank you by at least responding.”
Bob Dylan has been blasted by Nobel Prize academy member, Per Wastberg, for refusing to comment on his Nobel Prize win. The musician won the award for Literature but reportedly hasn’t even returned numerous calls from the Nobel committee about his accolade. The only acknowledgement that Dylan has shown towards his win was a piece promoting a book of his lyrics that cited the book as being the “Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature”, however, the comment was later removed.
Kesha’s Billboard Music Awards 2016 performance was in doubt just days before the ceremony, with Dr Luke’s Kemosabe label ‘blocking’ it after hearing rumours that she would use the stage to speak about her ongoing legal battle. Thankfully, Kemosabe later decided to reinstate her performance, meaning we were treated to a stunning, emotional and powerful Bob Dylan cover from the ‘Tik Tok’ singer. In her first televised performance amid her legal battle against Dr Luke, who she claims sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her (he denies these allegations), Kesha performed Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’.