"You make your mistakes to learn how to get to the good stuff."

  • Born March 14, 1933, in Chicago
  • A multifaceted artist as a musician, arranger and producer, Quincy Jones first rose to prominence as a trumpet player in bands for jazz giants such as Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie. As a producer and arranger, he has worked with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, and countless others. He has also released albums as a solo artist. 1974's Body Heat reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200, followed by a string of additional Top 20 albums. 
  • Jones has won 27 GRAMMY Awards, tying him with Alison Krauss as the most awarded living person, and second-highest GRAMMY winner of all time. His wins include three Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical awards and two awards each for Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year. He has been nominated a record 79 times since 1961.
  • Jones survived a life-threatening illness in 1974, but not before friends and family had begun preparing for his death. He later attended his own memorial service alongside comedian Richard Pryor, singers Marvin Gaye and Sarah Vaughan, and actor Sidney Poitier.
  • Jones earned a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 1989 and a GRAMMY Legend Award in 1992. 
  • The GRAMMY Foundation's Starry Night event, which celebrated the Recording Academy's 50th anniversary, also recognized Jones's career in music. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session performers opened the event.
  • Jones produced "We Are The World," a 1985 charity single with Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, among others. In 2001 the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation built more than 100 homes in South Africa. The organization connects young people with technology and education, and fosters interaction between teens in South Africa and Los Angeles.

Quincy Jones

"You make your mistakes to learn how to get to the good stuff."

  • Born March 14, 1933, in Chicago
  • A multifaceted artist as a musician, arranger and producer, Quincy Jones first rose to prominence as a trumpet player in bands for jazz giants such as Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie. As a producer and arranger, he has worked with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, and countless others. He has also released albums as a solo artist. 1974's Body Heat reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200, followed by a string of additional Top 20 albums. 
  • Jones has won 27 GRAMMY Awards, tying him with Alison Krauss as the most awarded living person, and second-highest GRAMMY winner of all time. His wins include three Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical awards and two awards each for Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year. He has been nominated a record 79 times since 1961.
  • Jones survived a life-threatening illness in 1974, but not before friends and family had begun preparing for his death. He later attended his own memorial service alongside comedian Richard Pryor, singers Marvin Gaye and Sarah Vaughan, and actor Sidney Poitier.
  • Jones earned a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 1989 and a GRAMMY Legend Award in 1992. 
  • The GRAMMY Foundation's Starry Night event, which celebrated the Recording Academy's 50th anniversary, also recognized Jones's career in music. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session performers opened the event.
  • Jones produced "We Are The World," a 1985 charity single with Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, among others. In 2001 the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation built more than 100 homes in South Africa. The organization connects young people with technology and education, and fosters interaction between teens in South Africa and Los Angeles.

GRAMMY Award Results for Quincy Jones

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Best Spoken Word Album
Q - The Autobiography Of Quincy Jones
Nominations
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Soul Bossa Nova
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Arrangement With Accompanying Vocal(s)
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (Track)
 
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Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
Miles And Quincy Live At Montreux
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Best Music Video-Long Form
Miles And Quincy Live At Montreux (Video)
 
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Grammy Legend Award
(GRAMMY Legend Award)
 
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Album Of The Year
Back On The Block
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Back On The Block
Best Jazz Fusion Performance
Birdland
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
Birdland
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
The Places You Find Love
Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical)
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) (Track)
 
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Trustees Awards
National Trustees Award - 1989
 
Nominations
Record Of The Year
Man In The Mirror (Single)
 
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Album Of The Year
Bad (Album)
Producer Of The Year, (Non-Classical)
Producer Of The Year
 
Wins
Record Of The Year
We Are The World
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
We Are The World
Best Music Video, Short Form
We Are The World - The Video Event
Nominations
Album Of The Year
We Are The World-USA For Africa/The Album (Album)
 
Wins
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
Grace (Gymnastics Theme)
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Best Rhythm & Blues Song
Yah Mo B There (Single)
 
Wins
Record Of The Year
Beat It
Album Of The Year
Thriller
Best Recording For Children
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical)
Nominations
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Billie Jean (Instrumental Version) (Single)
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Single)
Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical)
Producer Of The Year
 
Nominations
Producer Of The Year
Producer Of The Year
 
Wins
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
The Dude
Best Cast Show Album
Lena Horne - The Lady And Her Music, Live On Broadway
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental Recording
Velas
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
Ai No Corrida
Producer Of The Year
Nominations
Album Of The Year
The Dude (Album)
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Velas (Track)
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Dinorah, Dinorah
Nominations
Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical)
Producer Of The Year
 
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Best Disco Recording
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Single)
Producer Of The Year
Producer Of The Year
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Arrangement
The Wiz Main Title - Overture Part One
Nominations
Best Instrumental Composition
End Of The Yellow Brick Road
Best Arrangement For Voices
Stuff Like That
Producer Of The Year
Producer Of The Year
 
Nominations
Best Arrangement For Voices
Oh Lord, Come By Here
Best Inspirational Performance
Oh Lord, Come By Here (Track)
Best Instrumental Composition
Roots Medley (Motherland, Roots Mural Theme)
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Composition
Midnight Soul Patrol (Single)

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