It's 'Bob Dylan Day!' Watch what happened at his Nobel Prize ceremony

Mr. Tambourine Man didn't make it to the ceremony, but he did get a standing ovation.
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Dec. 10 is a very special day for hometown hero Bob Dylan.

Not only was he honored at the 2016 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Sweden, but Gov. Mark Dayton has also named the date "Bob Dylan Day" in Minnesota.

Dayton's proclamation says that Dylan, who was raised in Hibbing, has a legacy "that generations of people in the United States and around the world will know and celebrate his immense contributions to American literary culture and popular song."

And although Dylan didn't make it to Stockholm this weekend to accept his Nobel Prize because he had prior commitments, the 75-year-old still got a standing ovation at the ceremony.

Nobel Prize ceremony

Dylan is the first ever singer-songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

At the ceremony Saturday, Swedish Academy member Professor Horace Engdahl introduced Dylan's prestigious award, and talked about how the songwriter has changed our idea of poetry.

"It was a shock. With the public expecting poppy folk songs, there stood a young man with a guitar, fusing the languages of the street and the bible into a compound that would have made the end of the world seem a superfluous replay. At the same time, he sang of love with a power of conviction everyone wants to own. All of a sudden, much of the bookish poetry in our world felt anaemic, and the routine song lyrics his colleagues continued to write were like old-fashioned gunpowder following the invention of dynamite," Engdahl said.

You can read Engdahl's full speech here and watch the entire ceremony on YouTube – Dylan's prize is awarded at the 55:58 mark.

The crowd gave a standing ovation following the speech. Singer Patti Smith then performed, playing Dylan's 1963 hit, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall" in his place.

Check out her performance:

Smith stumbled a bit during the song, forgetting some of the lines. She apologized and explained that she was nervous.

An acceptance speech that Dylan wrote will be read at the Nobel banquet Saturday evening. The Nobel Foundation hopes to present him the prize in person sometime next year.

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