Don McLean Has Lifetime Achievement Award Rescinded

The Student Alumni Association of UCLA rescinded the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement offered to Don McLean after the association was told of a domestic violence incident involving the “American Pie” singer and his ex-wife Patrisha McLean in 2016.

The 73 year-old singer was to receive the award on May 17 in Los Angeles, but after a Portland Press Herald reporter noted that McLean was arrested in 2016 and charged with several crimes related to domestic violence against his wife, a spokesman for the Alumni Association sent an email saying the honor was being taken back.

“The Student Alumni Association at UCLA has rescinded its decision to present Don McLean with the 2019 George and Ira Gershwin Award. The decision to rescind the award was made by SAA’s Spring Sing Executive Committee upon learning that Mr. McLean had previously been convicted of domestic violence charges,” Tod M. Tamberg, senior executive director of UCLA Strategic Communications Media Relations, said in a statement.

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