Celine Dion is ‘honored and humble’ with an honorary degree from Berklee College of Music for her four decade singing career
The prestigious Berklee College of Music announced earlier this week that Céline Dion would be one of the newest recipients of an honorary doctorate at the May 8 graduation ceremony.
And the 52-year-old legendary singer shared her gratitude for the diploma Friday with a gushing Instagram Stories post.
“I am honored and humbled to receive an honorary degree from the highly regarded @BerkleeCollege School of Music,” she wrote.
Honored: Céline Dion was announced earlier this week as one of the recipients of an honorary doctorate in music from Berklee College of Music; seen in 2019 in Paris
“I feel privileged to be seen in the same company as the incredibly talented performers who have also received this accolade over the years.”
Céline included a beautiful black and white photo of herself in the university announcement.
The It’s All Coming Back To Me Now singer is in good company, as Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes and saxophonist Donald Harrison will also receive an honorary doctorate in music from the college.
Actress, singer and dancer Chita Rivera and pianist Andre Watts will also receive honorary Doctor of Arts degrees from the affiliated Boston Conservatory in Berklee.
In Good Company: Dion wrote that she was ‘honored and humbled’ to receive the honor, while praising the recipients of her fellows, including Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes
Berklee College of Music has previously honored a wide variety of musicians from all genres, including John Legend and Sheila E. in 2020 and Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake and Imogen Heap in 2019.
Dion began her career in the early 1980s as a teenage singer who became a star in Quebec with French-language albums.
But with the help of her manager (and future husband) René Angélil, she updated her image and learned English to address an American market.
Starting in the 1990s, she released a string of English-language albums that became international success, culminating in her charts, 1996’s Falling Into You and 1997’s Let’s Talk About Love.
French Canadian chanteuse: Dion began her career in the early 1980s as a teenage singer who went on to star in Quebec with French-language albums; seen in 2019
New Audience: But with the help of her manager (and future husband) René Angélil, she has updated her image and learned English to address an American market; seen in 2019
Topper: From the 1990s onwards she released a series of English-language albums that became international successes, culminating in her successive successes, Falling Into You from 1996 and Let’s Talk About Love from 1997.
In January, Dion paid tribute to her late husband René on the fifth anniversary of his death.
The singer My Heart Will Go On posted a close-up photo of herself and Angelil holding hands to mark the occasion.
“René, it’s been 5 years ago …” she wrote. “There isn’t a day when we don’t think about you.”
She and her manager were married from 1994 until his death from cancer at the age of 73, although they date back to 1988.
The couple had three sons together: René-Charles, 19, and twins Nelson and Eddy, 10.
Miss him: In January, Dion paid tribute to her late husband René Angélil on the fifth anniversary of his death; Pictured together in 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany
Tribute: ‘René, it’s been 5 years … There isn’t a day when we don’t think about you’, wrote Dion next to a close-up photo of herself and Angelil holding hands