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Bluegrass Artist Alison Krauss Receives Berklee Honorary Doctorate Degree

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Alison KraussClose to 900 graduates from 58 countries received degrees Saturday, May 12 at Berklee's 2012 commencement. Berklee president Roger H. Brown presented honorary doctor of music degrees to 27-Time Grammy Award winner Alison Krauss, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles, and innovative Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke.

This year's honorary doctorate recipients were recognized for their achievements in contemporary music, for their enduring contributions to popular culture, and for the influence their careers and music have had over Berklee's international student body. Alison Krauss, The Eagles, and Astatke join the ranks of such esteemed recipients as Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, David Bowie, Bonnie Raitt, Count Basie, Sting, Loretta Lynn, B.B. King, Billy Joel, Chaka Khan, Steven Tyler, and Patti LaBelle.

40 year old Alison Krauss' years of performing from her early years at bluegrass festivals through her debut recording on Rounder Records, while still in her teens, and continuing up to her platinum joint effort with Robert Plant to her most recent project Paper Airplane have always been pure Alison. She follows what she believes and, somehow, the world seems to agree with her. Her 27 Grammy awards and countless other trophies attest to her creative ability, artistry, creativity and being in touch with her audience.

Krauss has collaborated with artists from a large variety of styles and always makes it work. Even with her work with rocker Robert Plant on Raising Sand, the odd pairing went platinum. Her abilities have also been featured in movie sountracks including O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain.

Beyond just her vocals, Krauss is also a great fiddle player. She and her fiddle are a frequently found with her band, Union Station. Alison Krauss & Union Station are a match that has endured over time and have always been able to present new and original music which, includes bluegrass.

The honorary doctorate degree has been earned through years of hard work by this outstanding artist. Dr. Alison Krauss will be performing a full schedule this season so catch her at her next gig. You can find out more at www.AlisonKrauss.com.

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