Quincy Jones

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Quincy Jones

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, conductor, producer, executive and entrepreneur Quincy Jones is one of the most influential figures in the music industry. Over a span of five decades, Jones has earned a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, winning 27, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He is best known as the producer of the album Thriller, by pop icon Michael Jackson and as the producer and conductor of the charity song "We Are the World". In 1968, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African-Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award in the "Best Original Song" category. In 1971, Jones became the first African-American to be named musical director/conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. Jones was also the first (and so far the only) African-American to be nominated as a producer in the category of Best Picture (in 1986, for The Color Purple). He was also the first African-American to win the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1995. He is tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton as the most Oscar-nominated African-American, each of them having seven nominations. While Jones has found success in nearly every facet of entertainment, it may very well be his humanitarian work that is his defining statement. At the 2008 BET Awards, Quincy Jones was presented with the BET Humanitarian Award.

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