US singer Patti Smith covers her face when performing A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall by absent 2016 Nobel literature laureate Bob Dylan during the 2016 Nobel prize award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.
US singer Patti Smith covers her face when performing A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall by absent 2016 Nobel literature laureate Bob Dylan during the 2016 Nobel prize award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Jonas Ekstromer

Oops! Bluesfest headliner stumbles in front of royalty

PATTI Smith accepted the Nobel Prize in Literature on behalf of Bob Dylan over the weekend.

The American artist, who will be performing two shows at Bluesfest 2017 next Easter, marked the occasion in the most unexpected way: She stumbled on the lyrics of Dylan's A Hard Rain's A Gonna-Fall.

Smith faltered when she forgot the words in the second verse of one of Dylan's most famous songs filled with complicated lyrics.

In the most humble and humane way, Smith composed herself and asked the orchestra to start over.

"I apologise. I'm sorry, Could we start that? I'm so nervous," Smith said to the audience in Stockholm's Concert Hall.

But what could make Patti Smith, the rock icon, nervous?

Maybe it was the fact that the room in Stockholm was filled with people in ball gowns, many aristocrats and royalty, covered in jewels, medals, sashes and tiaras, quite the opposite of Smith's New York punk rock ways.

The evening, which was broadcast live online, was not a conventional one, a style that seems to be the mark of Dylan's win.

Bob Dylan took the best part of a week to acknowledge the prize, and then added a single line in his website about it, a mention that was then removed after a week.

He then skipped President Obama's meet-and-greet for American Nobel winners.

Dylan sent a speech that was read on his behalf, and Smith sang for him.

See Patti SmIth's performance here:



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