According to ABC News, Dion and artists Donald Harrison, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and The Neptunes will receive their degrees during an online event on May 8.
The ‘My heart will go on’ hitmaker thanked the organizers via Twitter, and said: “I am honored to receive an honorary doctorate from the acclaimed @Berklee College of Music. I hope that it will be considered by the same company as the incredibly talented artist who has received this honor for many years. I’m honored. – Celine.“
Honorary PhD degrees are awarded to individuals who have made an important contribution to the development of the world music industry in each period.The past recipients of honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music include Justine Timberlake, Phil Collins, Missy Elliot, John Legend and Sheila E., to name just a few.
According to ABC News, the students of Berklee college will perform a tribute to the honorees which will air on May 7 on Berklee’s YouTube channel. The commencement ceremony will stream on the following day on Berklee’s social media channels at 10 a.m. ET.
During her 40-year career, Celine Dion has sold more than 200 million albums. She is famous for her powerful voice and singing using a variety of vocal techniques. Some hits by the Canadian vocalist include The Power of Love, My Heart Will Go On, All By Myself, I’m Your Angel…
Dion is the recipient of five Grammy awards including Album of the Year and Record of the Year awards. In 2003, Dion was honored by the International Federation of Phonographic Industry for selling over 50 million albums in Europe.