Australian singer songwriter Paul Kelly is now Dr. Paul Kelly.
Paul Kelly was awarded a Doctorate of Arts at the University of Adelaide for his contribution to Australian music. The university also recognised his work with Indigenous musicians.
In announcing the award The University of Adelaide released the following statement.
“Adelaide-bred singer songwriter Paul Kelly will be one of four distinguished recipients of honorary degrees at the University of Adelaide’s September graduation ceremonies this week.
“Paul Kelly, Australian inventor and engineer Professor Neil Weste, Papua New Guinea (PNG) medical pioneer Dr Roy Scragg OBE and leading plant scientist Professor Dabing Zhang from Shanghai Jaio Tong University will join more than 1,100 students at graduation ceremonies in Bonython Hall from Tuesday to Thursday 16-18 September.
“Paul Kelly (on Tuesday morning, 16 September) will be awarded a Doctor of Arts (honoris causa) in acknowledgement of his “exceptionally distinguished service to society”, recognising his contribution to Australian music and creative writing, community service through benefits and fund-raising and his significant collaborations with Indigenous Australian musicians and filmmakers.
“Paul Kelly is regarded by his fellow music industry professionals as without peer in Australia and is internationally renowned for his song compositions, creative writing and recorded music performance.
“As a leading university in tertiary music education, we are delighted to be able to recognise Paul Kelly in this way for his contribution through composition, performance and creative writing”.
Dr. Kelly is also the winner of eight ARIA Awards, three APRA awards, six Country Music Association of Australia awards and four Mo awards. He was also inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997.
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