Three Grammy winners to receive honorary doctorates at Berklee commencement -The Boston Globe

DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Nile Rodgers

Three Grammy winners to receive honorary doctorates at Berklee commencement

DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Nile Rodgers
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Nile Rodgers

Awards season is over, but three Grammy winners will receive yet another prize in May.

Rosanne CashNile Rodgers, and Esperanza Spalding will all receive honorary doctor of music degrees from Berklee College of Music at the school’s commencement May 12.

It’s been a longstanding tradition at Berklee to award honorary degrees to celebrate artists’ contributions to music and performance. Past recipients include Duke EllingtonAretha FranklinSmokey RobinsonSteven TylerA.R. Rahman, and on and on.

Cash is a four-time Grammy winner (and 11-time nominee), who’s written four books and is currently at work on music and lyrics for an upcoming musical; Rodgers, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, has more than 200 music production credits spanning genres from pop to hip-hop; Spalding, who graduated from Berklee in 2005, was the first jazz musician to win a Grammy for best new artist. (She’s currently teaching at Harvard.)

The ceremony will be held at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Sophie Cannon can be reached at sophie.cannon@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @the_grandCannon.

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