Veteran rapper Missy Elliott is set to get a honorary doctorate from the esteemed Berklee College of Music at its initiation function, booked for May 11 at Agganis Arena at Boston University alongside pop royalty Justin Timberlake and conductor Alex Lacamoire.
Berklee President Roger H. Brown will present Elliott — a 5x-Grammy Award winner with nominations spanning three decades — Lacamoire and Timberlake with honorary Doctor of Music degrees at Berklee College of Music’s commencement ceremony on May 11 at Boston University’s 7,000-seat Agganis Arena.
Year 2019 honorary doctorate recipients are being recognized for their “achievements and influences in music and for their enduring global impact.” In accordance with Berklee tradition, the night before commencement, students will pay tribute to Missy and the other honorees by performing their music at a special concert not open to the public.
Past recipients include Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones ‘51, B.B. King, Smokey Robinson, Loretta Lynn, Juan Luis Guerra ’82, Annie Lennox, Paco de Lucía, Carole King, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, George Clinton, Rita Moreno, Lionel Richie, Julio Iglesias, Mavis Staples, George Clinton, Valerie Simpson, Plácido Domingo, Wang Leehom ‘99, A. R. Rahman, Rosanne Cash, Nile Rodgers, and Esperanza Spalding B.M. ’05.