In The Latest Entertainment News Of All Things Usher

Usher’s resurgence in R&B and pop culture has created a whole new buzz since his duties as a coach on NBC’s The Voice and his Las Vegas residency.

On May 13th, the “Confessions” singer received an honorary doctorate degree from Boston’s Berklee College of Music due to his contributions to music and philanthropy.

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He took to Instagram saying,

“They call me D-o-c-t-o-r R-a-y-m-o-n-d 🎓😏🙏🏾,” in reference to his 1998 hit “Nice & Slow.” Thank you @berkleecollege for honoring me and presenting me with a Doctor of Music degree. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to share a message to the next generation of artists, producers, vocalists, arrangers, dancers, and more.

He added

“Be brave and I hope your spark never goes away.”

He attended the graduation in full cap and gown wear. During his graduation speech, Usher detailed how he’s become a “master” of his musicality,

“Networking is what brought me here today. It wasn’t teachers or credited experts. But that doesn’t discredit what this environment is or what the environment is that I grew up in. It just means that I managed to do something significant based on my passion. That makes me not only a student but a master of my trade. Be bold. Be brave. And I hope your spark never goes away,” per NBC.


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He was supported by his mother, Jonetta Patton, his children, his partner, Jennifer Goicoechea, and his longtime producers, Rico Love, and Jermaine Dupri.

With the popularity of his Vegas residency, the singer is already set for a Paris showcase in September. In addition to that, the 44-year-old Atlanta native’s residency picks up again in June.


Emil Flemmon

Èmil Flemmon is the Managing Editor for the 360 Baseline Movement. The Atlanta-based editor, red carpet interviewer, writer, and photographer, has had a career spanning over a decade in the editorial industry. His work has been featured in Kontrol Magazine, The Atlanta Voice, Blavity, Aspire TV, REVOLT, The Jasmine Brand, and Where Y'at Magazine in New Orleans. His mission is to help journalists and publicists have better connectivity and relationships exclusively through the movement.

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