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May 8, 2019

DON McLEAN FIRES BACK AT UCLA OVER RESCINDED AWARD

UNDATED (AP) — While Don McLean’s spokesman referred to UCLA rescinding McLean’s lifetime achievement award as “disrespectful,” McLean was more direct: “Are you people morons?” McLean was due to receive the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Achievement from UCLA’s Student Alumni Association. The Portland Press Herald reports the award was rescinded when UCLA found out that McLean had pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault in 2016 involving his then-wife. That was dismissed when he met the terms of a plea agreement. McLean writes on Facebook his “squabble” with his wife has been “all over the internet for three years.” He says he wants nothing to do with UCLA unless it offers an apology for the damage done to him.

R. KELLY’S ATTORNEY SEEKS VIDEO EVIDENCE

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly’s attorney has not seen a video that allegedly shows Kelly having sex with an underage girl. Attorney Steve Greenberg told reporters after Kelly’s brief court hearing in Chicago yesterday that prosecutors say they will turn over the video that attorney Michael Avenatti gave to them. Kelly is charged with ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse, charges he denies. Greenberg also is pushing for communications between prosecutors and Avenatti, who represents two Kelly accusers. Greenberg says while Avenatti is an attorney by trade, in this case he’s a witness because he has the video. Avenatti tells The Associated Press he doesn’t understand what Greenberg is doing, since the communications were made public last month. Avenatti faces unrelated charges of embezzlement and extortion in California.

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SCOTT AVETT PLANS EXHIBITION

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers will showcase his large-scale portraits, prints and paintings in his first solo museum exhibition. It will be called “Invisible” and it will run Oct. 12 through Feb. 2 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Avett says even when he’s writing music, he thinks visually. He says his visual art consists of snapshots of his life as it moves and changes.

MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT LINEUP ANNOUNCED

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patti LaBelle, Alison Krauss and Gavin DeGraw are on the lineup for the national Memorial Day Concert on the National Mall in Washington. Justin Moore, Amber Riley of “Glee,” and “Hamilton” star Christopher Jackson also will perform at the concert, set for May 26. Joe Mantegna (mahn-TAYN’-yuh) and Gary Sinise (suh-NEES’) will host. PBS stations will carry the concert live.

CMT NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

NASHVILLE (AP) — Chris Janson says he’s “over the moon excited” that “Drunk Girl” was nominated for video of the year at the Country Music Television Awards. He’s got a lot of competition. Thirteen other videos are nominated in that category. The top five will be revealed the morning of June 5, and the social media vote will determine the winner that night. Brothers Osborne, Jason Aldean, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown Band have three nominations each. The non-country acts nominated are Boyz II Men, Leon Bridge, Gladys Knight, Shawn Mendes, Meghan Trainor and Julia Michaels.

by Margie Szaroleta