Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake bag honorary doctorate degrees from Berklee College of Music

Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliott have been honoured with doctor of music degrees by Berklee College of Music, Massachusetts during

The pair was honored alongside award-winning Broadway performer and composer Alex Lacamoire – who was a former student of the institution, with all three receiving the Honorary Doctor’s Degree of Music for their “influences in music, and for their enduring global impact.”

The honours were accorded them for their achievements and influences in music. Also honoured with a doctorate was Grammy award-winning composer, Alex Lacamoire.

Excited Timberlake and Elliott born Melissa Arnette Elliott took to Instagram to express their joy at becoming doctors

The five-time Grammy winner and 47-year-old icon became the first woman hip hop artist to receive the honor from the prestigious private college.

In 2002, Elliott won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Get Ur Freak On”.

She received five Grammy nominations in 2005, which included one for Best Rap Album for The Cookbook(2005).

The 47-year-old is set to become the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.

In 2007 and 2013, Timberlake was recognized by TIME as “one of the 100 most influential people in the world”.

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