Nick Cave has been awarded an honorary degree by a university in Scotland for his contribution to the arts - and the Australian rocker dedicated the prize to his beloved mother.
The Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds star attended a ceremony at the University of Dundee on Friday (25Jun10) where he was made a Doctor of Laws for his work as a "visionary maker of songs, stories, books, films and poetry".
Cave took to the stage wearing the institution's blue and yellow robes, and told the audience of students he was delighted with the honour as he "failed" in his education as a youngster.
He said, "This one's for my mother. My father was a teacher and my mother also worked at the school I went to. I went into tertiary education, to art school, and failed and it broke their hearts.
"So this one is for my mother, she will be really pleased."
And in a cheeky piece of advice to the graduates, he added, "Go out and fail spectacularly."
Cave previously received an honorary degree from Monash University in his native Australian state of Victoria.