May 10, 2009

Singer Robinson urges grads to be humble

Motown singer Smokey Robinson told graduates at Boston's Berklee College of Music to remain humble as they forge music industry careers.

Speaking to the contemporary music school's graduating class of 876 students Saturday, the Just to See Her singer said the graduates could view themselves as blessed but warned them to never lose their humility, The Boston Globe reported Sunday.

Never, ever get full of yourself. Never, ever think you are 'it.' If anything, you're blessed, Robinson said.

The Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter also warned the music industry hopefuls to keep a close eye on their business affairs and not get caught up in a partying lifestyle.

It's not just going out and having a good time and not paying attention, he said at the ceremony attended by more than 4,000 spectators.

The school gave honorary doctorates of music to Robinson as well as singer Linda Ronstadt, producer George Massenburg and Afro-pop artist Juan Luis Guerra.