Céline Dion receives huge honor from Berklee College

'I feel privileged to be considered in the same company as the incredibly talented artists.'

Celine Dion
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One of our favorite pop icons will soon have a new title under her belt—and that's the way it is. Céline Dion is set to receive an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in May. 

The "My Heart Will Go On" singer is joining the ranks of other chart-topping and iconic musicians such as Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, John Legend, and Justin Timberlake, to name just a few. According to a press release from the school, this year's recipients will be "recognized for their various achievements in the arts as well as their enduring contributions to the cultural and artistic fabric of the world."
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The beloved songstress took to social media to express her gratitude. "I feel privileged to be considered in the same company as the incredibly talented artists who have also received this distinction over the years," she said on Twitter. 

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Joining our pop culture icons are Donald Harrison, Chad Hugo, and Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes. Meanwhile, Chita Rivera and André Watts will receive honorary Doctor of Arts degrees from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Students set to graduate in 2021 will come together for a virtual performance in honor of the stars, which you can catch on YouTube on May 7 at 7:30pm ET. 

If you can't get enough of strong female vocalists, might we also recommend taking a peek at the forthcoming Dolly Parton tribute concert on Netflix? With performances from Willie Nelson, Katy Perry, Leon Bridges, Big Little Town, and Miley Cyrus, you can guarantee a melodic binge watch. Catch it on April 7! 

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.