On Saturday, Bowie State University honored music icon, Dionne Warwick by naming its performing arts center after her. 

The Dionne Warwick Theater is the first performing venue named in the songstress’s honor, according to the university.

Bowie hosted a special unveiling ceremony for the theater, attended by music celebrities, such as Doug E. Fresh and BeBe Winans as well as corporate leaders, politicians, and other officials from across the nation. 

Warwick has received many honors in her legendary 40-plus-year career.  This includes the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame, R&B Music Hall of Fame, and Apollo Theater Walk of Games. 

She has also sold more than 100 million records worldwide and is one of the most charted vocalists of all time.

Warwick told WJZ that having the theater at Bowie State University’s Fine Arts Center is one of her biggest honors.

“It’s wonderful to know that I have reached a level that I am being appreciated for the work that I have put in, the time I’ve put in. I’ve earned it,” Warwick said.

The six-time Grammy Award-winning singer is a big supporter of HBCUs and has built a relationship with Bowie State students and staff. 

“Just conversations, speaking to students and instructors as well, as to what their concerns were and, did they think I could be of some kind of service to them, and I feel I can,” Warwick said.

Bowie State University President Aminta Breaux said the partnership with Warwick was “three years in the making.”  “Three years ago, we were privileged and honored to welcome Ms. Warwick here,” Breaux said.  

“She embraced the vision.  She didn’t waver. She’s dedicated to our youth, Wilkins their education and the arts,” Breaux said.  

The Dionne Warwick Theater will host concerts, plays, and other performances. 

“To whom much is given, much is expected. I hope I will be able to live up to the expectation you all have of me,” Warwick said. 

“And now all of you are my family… You will be seeing me.” Warwick told the crowd at Bowie State during the unveiling ceremony.