Quincy Jones is a multi-Grammy award winning record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, and trumpeter. His career spans five decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, 27 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He has produced for artists such as Michael Jackson, Common, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa , Al Green, Amy Winehouse and John Legend.
In 1968, Quincy Jones and his songwriting partner became the first African Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song (“The Eyes of Love”) from the film Banning. He also became the first African American to be nominated twice within the same year for an Academy Award for his work the film “In Cold Blood”. In 1971, Quincy was the first African American to be named musical director/conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony and was the first African American to win the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1995.
Quincy produced the album Thriller for pop icon Michael Jackson, which sold more than 110 million copies worldwide and was the producer and conductor of the charity song “We Are the World”.
Quincy Jones was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.