Missy Elliott

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Missy Elliott Will Receive An Honorary Doctor of Music Degree in May

March 15, 2019

By Scott Gelman

It’s going to be quite the summer for rapper and producer Missy Elliott.

Elliott already knew that in June she will become the first female hip-hop star inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Now, she will also be recognized in an academic setting.

Elliott is among the three artists who will receive an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Boston’s Berklee College of Music on May 11. The degree will recognize her achievements and influences in music.

The five-time Grammy Award-winner has reached U.S. sales in excess of 30 million, and the Recording Industry Association of America has deemed each of her six studio albums platinum certified.

In 2015, Elliott appeared in the Super Bowl halftime show with Katy Perry. She also collaborated with Michelle Obama on the female empowerment song “This Is For My Girls.”

Justin Timberlake and Alex Lacamoire, whose work has appeared in “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen”, will also receive honorary degrees.

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