The Who‘s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have been chosen to receive a prestigious honor for their career achievements by the UCLA Alumni Association and the school’s Student Alumni Association. The British rock legends will be presented with the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement at UCLA’s 2016 Spring Sing event, taking place May 21 at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.
The award is given out annually to an artist or artists that have made lasting contributions to the world of music in the spirit of the famed sibling songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin, who in 1936 adapted their composition “Strike Up the Band” for the UCLA Bruins’ fight song. The Spring Sing is an annual musical competition during which a variety of UCLA students perform as solo artists, duos, with bands and in a cappella groups in front of an audience of thousands.
Daltrey and Townshend are expected to attend the event, which will be held a day before The Who’s scheduled concert in Anaheim, California.
The George and Ira Gershwin Award was first presented in 1988. Recipients over the years have included Ray Charles, Tom Petty, Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis.
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