They deserve all the honors!
Berklee College of Music will be granting honorary doctorate degrees to two legendary artists, Usher and Roberta Flack, Black Enterprise reports. They will be honored during a graduation ceremony next month alongside Sona Jobarteh, widely considered the greatest Kora player in the world.
Usher is an eight-time Grammy award winning artist and Flack holds four of her own Grammys. Both are known for their indelible marks on R&B music across generations. Flack has been a force in music since the ‘60s, considered one of the greatest singers of our time while Usher has been dominating charts since the ‘90s, currently heading a Las Vegas Residency that millions are flocking to in droves, complete with a host of celebrity guests nightly.
“This year’s honorary doctorate recipients will be celebrated and recognized for their invaluable contributions to the world's of music and philanthropy,” said Berklee College of Music.
More than 200 students will assemble for the festivities to perform a musical tribute to the honorees at a pre-graduation reception. Honorees will also have the opportunity to address the graduating class of 2023 during commencement. Flack and Usher join previous Berklee College of Music honorary doctorate recipients like Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, esperanza spalding, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Chaka Khan, John Legend, and Missy Elliott.
The commencement celebrations will begin on Friday, May 12th with a reception and concert followed by the 2023 commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 13th at 10:00am.
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