Usher Receives Honorary Doctorate at Berklee College of Music

Usher has received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music. He celebrated his honorary with a quick remix of one of his most popular tracks.

On May 13th, Usher received an esteemed recognition and was granted an honorary Doctor of Music at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, further adding to his impressive list of achievements.

The singer’s longtime friend and collaborator Jermaine Dupri joined him on the occasion and assisted in the celebrations through Instagram. Last May, the producer got an honorary doctorate from the Atlanta Art Institute.


In the video, Usher is wearing a doctorate gown and tam and smiling openly. The crooner quickly delivers a remixed version of his timeless song “Nice & Slow,” which perfectly identifies him as Dr. Raymond, while JD extends him some warm words.

The original track lyrics go: “They call me U-S, H-E-R, R-A, Y-M, O-N-D/ Now, baby, tell me what you wanna do with me?”, but for this quick remix, he changed it to: “They call me, D-O-C-T-O-R, R-A, Y-M, O-N-D.”

Usher then shared his own post on Instagram using the newly remixed lyrics in the caption. “They call me D-o-c-t-o-r R-a-y-m-o-n-d,” he wrote followed by a tam emoji and words of thanks to Berklee College of Music. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity to share a message to the next generation of artists, producers, vocalists, arrangers, dancers and more.”

The song “Nice & Slow” appeared on the singer’s second studio album, My Way, released in 1997. Usher achieved his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with the song.

Legendary musician Roberta Flack and Gambian vocalists and composer Sona Jobarteh were among the 2023 doctorate recipients. Berklee also shared a photo on Instagram to celebrate the moment.