BIG Music News: Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson

LIONEL RICHIE:  He's now Dr. Lionel Richie

You can call Lionel Richie a Grammy winner and an Oscar winner. Now, you can also call him "Doctor."

The Motown legend received an honorary doctorate of music during Monday's commencement at Berklee School of Music in Boston. He told its Class of 2017, "You are in the prime seat to tell the world what they need to know."

Sunday night at the school's annual commencement concert, Richie joined a group of Berklee grads to perform his charity anthem "We Are the World." (People)

MICHAEL JACKSON:  Bio-pic is set to air on May 29th

Lifetime's Michael Jackson bio-pic debuts on Memorial Day (May 29th). And you can now get a sneak peek.

Rolling Stone has posted the first trailer from Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland on its website. Its stars Navi, a Jackson impersonator who claims he was on the Gloved One's payroll for 17 years working as a decoy.

A native of Trinidad, who speaks in a proper British accent when he's not in character, Navi has undergone several plastic surgeries to reshape his face to more closely resemble Michael.

The film is based on Remember the Time, the 2014 book by longtime Jackson bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard -- and focuses on the final few years of Michael's life.

From 2014, co-author Bill Whitfield explains his objective in writing the Michael Jackson biography Remember the Time: "We directed this book to many of his fans we believe that wanted to to know him on the personal side -- outside of the King of Pop and everything that they've heard and seen in the tabloids. We were there and we was able to witness, who he generally was."

BON JOVI:  Surprise graduation party band

Bon Jovi played a surprise show Tuesday morning -- an acoustic performance at the commencement for New Jersey's Fairleigh Dickinson University at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The school was the winner in a nationwide contest to have the band perform at its graduation. Taking the stage, Jon Bon Jovi said, "Today marks the end of one chapter in your life and the start of another. Enjoy the book. You're the one writing it."

This is the first of three graduation exercises this week for Jon, as He's done paying tuition for two of his children. “Stephanie has got her film degree and Jesse’s got his political science degree, so Daddy’s going to two graduations.”

On Sunday, another Garden State musician, E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt, gave the commencement speech at New Jersey's Rutgers University.

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