The American Academy of Arts and Letters held its annual induction ceremony on Wednesday at its New York City headquarters, and Bob Dylan became the first rock-era musician to be accepted into the respected institution. According to RollingStone.com, the folk-rock legend did not attend the ceremony.
Dylan did send a statement that read, "I feel extremely honored and very lucky to be included in this pantheon of great individual artists who comprise the Academy of Arts and Letters. I look forward to meeting all of you some time soon."
The singer/songwriter also was a no-show at a special dinner that the Academy held in April, although, to be fair, Dylan was in the midst of a busy U.S. tour at the time.
The Academy, which recognizes those who have achieved excellence in a variety of artistic areas, decided to induct Dylan as an honorary member because of his multifaceted career as both a musician and a writer. Other luminaries who also have been welcomed as honorary members include Meryl Streep, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese.
RollingStone.com reports that the Academy's citation honoring Dylan reads as follows: "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."
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio