added: 19 Mar 2013 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
Annie Lennox will receive an honorary doctorate in music this summer.
The 58-year-old Why singer will be presented with the academic tribute from The Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Annie, along with Willie Nelson and Carole King, will acquire the degree at the school's annual commencement ceremony on May 11.
Annie will serve as a commencement speaker, addressing over 900 Berklee graduates and their guests at the 7,000-seat Aggannis Arena at Boston University.
The prestigious music school has honoured a long line of celebrated artists since it began handing out honorary degrees in 1971.
Annie, Willie and Carole will follow in the footsteps of luminaries including Duke Ellington, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, David Bowie and U2 guitarist The Edge.
Students will pay tribute to the trio on the eve of the graduation, playing music associated with their careers at a private concert.
A press statement released from Berklee on Tuesday heaped praise on their latest honorees.
Annie was called 'one of the finest musical voices of our time' and will be 'celebrated as an innovator and icon', according to school officials.
It is only the latest high honour for Annie in her lengthy career as a musician and philanthropist.
She has won eight BRIT Awards, four Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, among other accolades.
The longtime HIV activist was given the Nobel Peace Laureates Woman of Peace Award back in 2009 for her services to humanity.
She was also awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2011 for her work fighting the spread of the virus in Africa.here to win an iPhone5!