FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015, file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. One of the first official albums to come from Prince’s vault since his death is just a tape of the superstar singing and playing piano in his home studio in Minnesota 35 years ago. Warner Bros. Records will release “Piano & A Microphone 1983” on Sept. 21. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) Image Credit: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

The University of Minnesota has awarded the late rock star Prince an honorary degree to recognise his influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis.

University President Eric Kaler and Regent Darrin Rosha presented the school’s highest honour, the Doctorate of Humane Letters, to Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, in a ceremony on campus Wednesday evening. The university had been preparing to present it to Prince himself before his death in 2016.

Students from the university’s School of Music were joined by guest artists including St. Paul Peterson and Cameron Kinghorn in paying tribute to Prince by performing music associated with his career.

While the event was free, it was booked to capacity ahead of time.