Bob Dylan hasn’t exactly embraced this whole Nobel laureate thing.
The folk music legend and recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature won’t attend a Wednesday meeting with President Obama, a White House spokesman said Wednesday. The president is slated to meet with the other less-elusive winners of the exclusive honor in a closed-to-press confab.
Snubbing the Oval Office is true to form for Dylan: He famously didn’t initially return the Nobel committee’s calls after the award was announced — a pick that was considered stunning, since Dylan is primarily known as a songwriter — though he later proclaimed himself to be honored. He still won’t be attending the actual award ceremony.
A representative for Dylan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
He won’t get to hear Obama’s praise in person, but Dylan did get a remote shout-out from POTUS (a Nobel Peace Prize winner). “Congratulations to one of my favorite poets, Bob Dylan, on a well-deserved Nobel,” Obama tweeted last month.