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Lionel Richie receives honorary doctorate from Berklee College

The veteran singer was honoured at Boston's Agganis Arena

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie. Photo: Twitter

Legendary music icon has been awarded honorary Doctor of Music degree by of Music.

The veteran singer was honoured at Boston's Agganis Arena alongside Lucinda Williams, Todd Rundgren, Shin Joong Hyun, and Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, reported People magazine.

"For his contributions to contemporary culture, his humanitarian efforts, and the joy his music brings to so many, it is my pleasure to present Berklee's of music to Lionel Richie," Berklee President Roger H Brown said.

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and record producer Rundgren delivered the class of 2017 commencement address.

The night before, Richie, 67, joined graduating students on stage at the annual commencement concert to perform his charity hit, "We Are the World."

"I wish would have been with me to share that moment because what I saw on your faces was the enthusiasm, the passion, the drive, the love, and the dreams, Richie had said.

First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 16:22 IST