added: 31 Mar 2012 // by: VVN Music
The Berklee College of Music in Boston annually bestows honorary doctorates to some of the most influential artists in music.
This year, they have chosen the Eagles, Alison Krauss and Mulatu Astatke, known as the father of Ethio-jazz.
Per Berklee's press release, the degrees are given to recognize artists "for their achievements and influence in music, and for their enduring contributions to American and international culture. Past recipients include Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Dizzy Gillespie, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Juan Luis Guerra, Paco de Lucía, David Bowie, the Edge, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Chaka Khan, Bonnie Raitt, Ahmet Ertegun, Kenneth Gamble, and Leon Huff."
The degrees will be given at the May 12 commencement ceremony at Agganis Arena at Boston University. In addition, the students from the school will present a commencement eve concert performing the music of the honored artists.