With legendary Dionne Warwick current to witness an area revealed in her honor, a whole lot gathered at Bowie State College (BSU) on Saturday to have fun the opening of the Dionne Warwick Theater contained in the establishment’s Positive and Performing Arts Middle.
Viewing her identify fantastically lit within the area, Warwick was visibly happy by the dignity.
As tribute to the singer, the BSU Choir carried out “I Say a Little Prayer” to start the ceremony and gospel singer BeBe Winans carried out “Wonderful Grace.”
Video messages of assist from celebrities corresponding to Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen and Tom Selleck have been additionally proven.
BSU President Aminta Breaux listed off quite a few honors and accomplishments from Warwick’s profession and gave an official commendation on behalf of the college to the celebrated singer. This isn’t her first honor even from BSU: Warwick held a public dialog with Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, in latest weeks.
Warwick, whose musical profession started in 1961, has gained six Grammy Awards and her high songs on Spotify at the moment are “That’s What Mates Are For,” with over 127 million streams, and “I’ll By no means Love This Method Once more” with over 80 million streams. Her different honors embrace the Hollywood Stroll of Fame, the Apollo Theater Corridor of Fame, the Rhythm and Blues Corridor of Fame and the Songwriters Corridor of Fame. A documentary chronicling her life and achievements entitled “Don’t Make Me Over” got here out earlier this 12 months.
She has additionally been energetic on Twitter and earned new followers there, notably for criticizing Elon Musk as Twitter CEO. Breaux even referred to as her the “Queen of Twitter.”
That is the primary performing arts venue that bears Warwick’s identify. Live shows, performs and different stay performances are coming to the Warwick Theater quickly.
Appreciating the dignity of receiving a theater in her namesake, Warwick emphasised the significance of establishments corresponding to Bowie State.
“[This university] represents excellence and that’s one thing all of us ought to attempt for,” Warwick stated. “I’m thrilled to be a part of that.”