Annie Lennox talks — and sings — at Berklee

Annie Lennox receives her honorary degree at Berklee College of Music's 2013 Commencement. (Photo: Phil Farnsworth)
Annie Lennox receives her honorary degree at Berklee College of Music's 2013 Commencement. (Photo: Phil Farnsworth)

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It seemed only fitting that Annie Lennox would break into song while giving the commencement address for the Berklee College of Music Saturday at the Agganis Arena.

Lennox, who also received an honorary doctorate alongside fellow honorees Carole King and Willie Nelson, spoke movingly about her hardscrabble Scottish roots — she used to play a toy piano in her family’s two-room flat — and the superstardom that followed, first with Eurythmics and then as a solo artist.

With any luck, she said, her story might inspire the latest batch of Berklee grads to appreciate “the value of unorthodoxy.” She also counseled the students to use life’s sudden detours as opportunities.

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