Biden to introduce Lady Gaga

Live from Los Angeles, introducing Lady Gaga at the Academy Awards, it’s Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden and his wife, Jill, are set to attend the Oscars on Sunday night, and the vice president’s office says he’ll introduce Gaga before she performs the song Til It Happens To You.

Gaga is nominated for an Oscar for best original song. Til It Happens To You is part of a documentary, The Hunting Ground, about sexual assault on campuses.

Biden’s office says he’ll use his introduction to urge Americans to speak out against sexual assault and support the administration’s “It’s On Us” campaign. Domestic violence prevention is a signature issue for Biden.

Sharpton sets anti-Oscars rally

The Rev. Al Sharpton has announced plans to stage a rally on Sunday prior to the Oscars to protest a lack of diversity in Hollywood.

The rally, announced Thursday, also is intended to support a push for a nationwide TV tune-out of the Academy Awards ceremony.

Critics say the awards show, with its second consecutive year of all-white acting nominees, has come to embody a diversity crisis in the entertainment industry.

Against ‘American Pie’ singer

Massachusetts high school students are calling for the cancellation of a concert by American Pie singer Don McLean because of a domestic-violence charge against him in Maine.

The Cape Cod Times reports student presidents of violence prevention programs at four high schools in Cape Cod recently sent a letter to the school district chief in Barnstable to request the April show at Barnstable High School be canceled. The letter says McLean is a “bad role model.”

Interim Superintendent William Butler says school officials are in talks with McLean’s management company over whether the concert should take place.

McLean is from Camden, Maine. He denies the domestic-violence allegations. His wife requested a protection order after his arrest last month, but they later announced the order was dismissed.