Every year the U.S. President invites Americans who have won the prestigious award to his residence to congratulate them.
Dylan became the first songwriter to be awarded the literature prize in October (16) when experts from the Swedish Academy, whose officials decide the winners, praised him for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".
President Obama greeted America's other Nobel Prize honourees at an event on Wednesday (30Nov16), with physics prize winners Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz, economic sciences honouree Oliver Hart, and chemistry laureate J. Fraser Stoddart, all meeting the U.S. leader.
However White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily press briefing, "Unfortunately, Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today. So everyone can relax."
Earnest said that Dylan had not given a reason for not attending the event, but added that Dylan had met with Obama before, and that the President, "had enjoyed meeting with him".
The U.S. leader awarded the musician America's Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Dylan will also not be attending the official ceremony awarding him the prize, writing to the Swedish Academy to tell them he would not be travelling to Stockholm for the 10 December (16) prizegiving.
Officials at the Academy announced that they still expected the Blowin' In The Wind singer to give a Nobel lecture, a requirement for prize winners.
"The prize still belongs to them, just as it belongs to Bob Dylan," a statement issued by the organisation read. "We look forward to Bob Dylan's Nobel lecture, which he must give - it is the only requirement - within six months counting from December 10, 2016."
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