■ Bob Dylan failed to attend the award ceremony for his Nobel Prize in literature in Sweden last week, but made his presence felt by sending a heartfelt thankyou speech. “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,” the folk-rock icon, 75, said in the speech, which was read aloud inside Stockholm Concert Hall. “Being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature is something I never could have imagined or seen coming.” Joining the ranks of Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus, and other giants, Dylan said, left him “truly beyond words.” Dylan plans to play several concerts in Sweden next spring.
■ Already a great-grandfather at 73, Mick Jagger last week became a father for the eighth time. The Rolling Stone and dancer girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, 29, welcomed a son in New York City, and are “delighted,” says a spokesman. Jagger flew in from London—he and Hamrick live separately— and “was at the hospital for the arrival.” His seven other children—with four different women—range in age from 17 to 45; Jagger also has five grandchildren along with a great-granddaughter. The rock legend began dating Hamrick in 2014, shortly after the suicide of his long-term partner L’Wren Scott. Bandmate Ronnie Wood, 68, recently became the father of twins.
■ Jennifer Lawrence last week apologized to the Hawaiian people for scratching her rear end on sacred rocks. During an interview on a British TV show, Lawrence, 26, said while filming the second Hunger Games movie, “there were sacred rocks, and you’re not supposed to sit on them. I was in a wet suit that whole shoot and oh, my God, they were so good for butt itching.” In so doing, she dislodged a huge boulder that rolled down a mountain, almost killing a crew member. “The Hawaiians were like, ‘Oh, my God, it’s the curse!’ And I’m... like, ‘I’m your curse. I wedged it loose with my a--.’” After Lawrence was criticized online for mocking Hawaiian tradition, the contrite actress responded on Facebook: “I meant absolutely no disrespect to the Hawaiian people. I really thought that I was being self-deprecating.”