Music icon, Lionel Richie has been bestowed with an honorary doctorate degree at Boston’s Agganis Arena on Saturday alongside Lucinda Williams, Todd Rundgren, Shin Joong Hyun, and Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
“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 honorary doctorate of music to Lionel Richie,” Berklee President Roger H. Brown said.
Pharrell Williams sent kind words to Richie, which Brown read: “Lionel is the ultimate musical alchemist! Any time you hear a Lionel Richie song, it takes you back to the moment you first heard it.”
“You are in the prime seat to tell the world what they need to know,” Richie said to the graduating student artists.