Alison Krauss, Eagles to Receive Berklee College of Music Honorary Degrees
Singer-musician-producer Alison Krauss and rock-country supergroup Eagles are the latest musicians who will have honorary doctor of music degrees bestowed upon them by Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. Music Row reports that the college, which will also honor Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke, will present each of the honorees with a degree at the May 12 commencement ceremony at Boston University’s 7,000-seat Agganis Arena.
As is tradition, in a private ceremony at the Agganis on commencement eve, Berklee students will pay tribute to the honorees by performing music associated with their careers. Honorary doctorate recipients are recognized for achievements and influence in music, and for their enduring contributions to American and international culture.
Signed with Rounder Records since age 14, Alison Krauss has sold over 12 million albums and won 27 Grammy Awards, the most of any female artist and the second most of any artist in Grammy history.
Since the early 1970s, Eagles members Don Henley, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy Schmit, have bridged the gap between rock and country, garnering 29 million sales for their ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975,’ making it the best-selling album of all time.
Berklee College of Music has been honoring musicians since 1971, with Duke Ellington the first to receive the honor. Others who have been honored include Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, David Bowie and Bonnie Raitt.