Patti Smith needed two attempts to get through Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday, December 10th, 2016.

What went wrong?

The American singer-songwriter was selected to sing the song in tribute to Bob Dylan who was awarded a Nobel Prize for literature. Smith forgot the lyrics to the second verse of the song and had to pause to regain her composure, and restart again as can be seen in the video below.

"I apologize. I'm sorry, I'm so nervous," Smith said during the pause in her performance and requested the orchestra to start over again.

The audience members in Stockholm's Concert Hall were supportive of the singer's mishap and applauded to support Smith when she started anew.

She briefly appeared to draw a blank again during the third verse but finished the song with an emotional performance that left many audience members misty-eyed.

Bob Dylan's reaction to the award

The Oscar-winning singer was not in attendance at the ceremony but thanked the Nobel Prize Committee in a personally penned speech for honoring his songs as "literature."

As reported by Entertainment Weekly: "I'm sorry I can't be with you in person, but please know that I am most definitely with you in spirit and honored to be receiving such a prestigious prize," Dylan said in his acceptance speech, which was read out by the United States Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji.

Towards the end of his acceptance speech, he thanked the Swedish Academy for giving an answer to all the skeptics who ever questioned his validity as a writer.

Video of Dylan's full speech below:

The legendary musician, in his speech, cited his literary influences throughout life including "Kipling, Shaw, Thomas Mann, Pearl Buck, Albert Camus and Hemingway.

"These giants of literature whose works are taught in the schoolroom, housed in libraries around the world and spoken of in reverent tones have always made a deep impression." Dylan revealed that he himself didn't believe the News when he heard he was getting the Nobel Prize.

Watch Dylan's full speech read at the ceremony below:

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