The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored songwriter, composer, producer, arranger and entertainment industry legend Quincy Jones with the ASCAP Founders Award during its 25th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event took place on Friday, June 29th, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
The ASCAP Founders Award is among the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius that will enrich generations to come. Past recipients include Sean “Diddy” Combs, Rod Stewart, Dr. Dre, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, Paul McCartney, Ashford & Simpson, and Berry Gordy Jr. & Motown Industries.
Named by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Quincy Jones’s career in the entertainment industry has spanned an impressive six decades, during which time he’s played the role of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian.
Jones has earned a record 79 Grammy nominations and won a total of 27, and the celebrated Grammy Living Legend Award in 1991. As a record producers, Jones has worked with music legends, including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis and Céline Dion, among many others. Perhaps most notable, however, is his work in producing both the historic “We Are the World” charity single and pop icon Michael Jackson’s Thriller. “We Are the World” which Jones also conducted, went on to become the fastest and best-selling American pop song of all time, with sales in excess of 20 million copies. Similarly, Thriller has sold an estimated 110 million copies worldwide since its release in 1982, making it the single best-selling album of all time. As a record company executive, Jones remains highly active in the recording field as the guiding force behind his own Qwest Records.
ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams presented the award along with suprise guest Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
Click on the video link below to a part of the ceremony of Quincy receiving his honor.
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