List of awards and nominations received by Quincy Jones

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This page contains a list of awards and accolades won by and awarded to Quincy Jones.

Citations and honors[edit]

In July 1969 Jones's arrangement of "Fly Me to the Moon" recorded by Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra was the first music played on NASA's first lunar landing mission by astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

In 1989, Quincy Jones was presented with the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[1]

In May 1990, Quincy Jones received an honorary degree from Seattle University, where he once attended classes.

In 2000, Harvard University endowed the Quincy Jones Professorship of Afro-American Music with a grant of $3 million from Time Warner. The endowed chair for African-American music, housed in Harvard's African and African-American Studies Department, is believed to be the first in the nation, and is presently held by the ethnomusicologist Ingrid Monson. Distinguished scholar and public intellectual Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a close, personal friend of Jones.

In January 2005, Jones was honored by the United Negro College Fund at their annual Evening of Stars event for an entertainment career that has spanned over five decades.

Berklee College of Music considers Jones its most successful alumnus, even though he only attended for a year. His original application for admission is housed in a display case at the school. On September 19, 2005, Jones was honored at the Dance Music Hall of Fame ceremony, when he was inducted for his many outstanding achievements as a producer. He was awarded the Polar Music Prize in 1994.

In 2006 Quincy Jones was nominated for the Tony award for best musical as a producer of The Color Purple.

On May 20, 2007, Jones received an honorary doctorate of humanities degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

On March 26, 2001, Quincy Jones was made Commandeur (Commander) of the Légion d'Honneur for his significant achievements in his career.[2]

Quincy Jones in 2008.

In 2007, Jones was honored by the Harvard School of Public Health as its Mentor of the Year[3] at a star-studded gala in New York City. The gala also marked the launch of Harvard's "Q Prize", an international award named for Jones which honors extraordinary advocacy on behalf of the world's children. "Quincy Jones's entire life is a testament to the power of mentoring," Dr. Jay Winsten, an associate dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, said at the event. "He has served as a role model for using the power of celebrity to improve the lot of humankind."[3]

Jones was presented with the annual George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement in 2007 during UCLA Spring Sing.[4]

Princeton University also awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Quincy Jones, "an inspirational creative artist and entertainment industry executive," during Commencement exercises on June 3, 2008 for his contributions to music and entertainment.[5]

Quincy Jones attending an after-party of a tribute to his work at Life Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA on October 1, 2008

On May 14, 2008, Washington University in St. Louis presented Jones with an honorary Doctorate of Arts degree, citing his lifetime musical accomplishments.[6]

On June 14, 2008, Jones was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Washington and delivered the keynote at the university's 133rd commencement.[7]

On June 24, 2008, at the BET Awards, Quincy Jones was presented with the Humanitarian Award.

On September 26, 2008, Garfield High School's Quincy Jones Performing Arts Center was officially dedicated to Quincy Jones.

On October 1, 2008, Jones was presented with the Unity Through Music Award at Thank Q: A World Music Tribute to the Humanitarian Works of Quincy Jones.

On December 15, 2008, Jones was inducted in the California Hall of Fame at The California Museum in Sacramento, California.

On July 3, 2009, Jones was made a Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at an award ceremony in Cardiff, citing his lifetime musical accomplishments and Welsh family roots.

On September 24, 2009, Jones was honored with a Clinton Global Citizen award for Leadership in Philanthropy at the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting.

In December 2009, Jones was honored by Swiss-watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet with a limited edition watch with a case back engraved with Quincy Jones’ signature, and reading “Millenary Quincy Jones – Limited Edition” as a reminder of its exclusivity. Only 500 pieces of the watch were produced. [8]

On May 8th, 2010, Jones was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Jones was the commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremonies.[9][10]

In 2013, Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [11]


Awards and Nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards[edit]

Year Award category Nominated work Result
1977 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series "Roots" Won

Grammy Awards[edit]

Quincy Jones has 79 Grammy nominations and won 27 Grammy Awards. The list below is incomplete.

Year Award category Nominated work A/S/T Result[12]
1961 Best Jazz Performance Large Group The Great Wide World Of Quincy Jones Album Nominated
1962 Best Performance By An Orchestra - For Dancing I Dig Dancers Album Nominated
1963 Best Original Jazz Composition "Quintessence" Track Nominated
Best Performance By An Orchestra - For Dancing Big Band Bossa Nova Album Nominated
1964 Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group Quincy Jones Plays The Hip Hits Album Nominated
Best Instrumental Arrangement "I Can’t Stop Loving You" Track Won
1965 Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group or Soloist with Large Group Quincy Jones Explores The Music Of Henry Mancini Album Nominated
Best Instrumental Arrangement "Golden Boy (String Version)" Track Nominated
Best Instrumental Performance - Non-Jazz "Golden Boy (String Version)" Track Nominated
Best Original Jazz Composition "The Witching Hour" Track Nominated
1968 Best Original Score From A Motion Picture Or Television Show In The Heat Of The Night Album Nominated
1970 Best Instrumental Arrangement "Walking In Space" Track Nominated
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group Walking In Space Track Won
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Special The Lost Man Album Nominated
Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Special MacKenna’s Gold Album Nominated
Best Instrumental Theme "MacKenna’s Gold Overture" Track Nominated
1971 Best Instrumental Arrangement "Gula Matari" Track Nominated
Best Instrumental Composition "Gula Matari" Track Nominated
Best Jazz Performance - Large Group Or Soloist With Large Group Gula Matari Album Nominated
1972 Best Pop Instrumental Performance Smackwater Jack Album Won
1973 Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Special Dollar$ Album Nominated
Best Pop Instrumental Performance With Vocal Coloring "Money Runner" Track Nominated
1974 Best Instrumental Arrangement "Summer In The City" Track Won
Best Pop Instrumental Performance You've Got It Bad, Girl Album Nominated
1975 Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus Body Heat Album Nominated
1976 Best Instrumental Composition "Midnight Soul Patrol" Track Nominated
1978 Best Inspirational Performance "O Lord, Come By Here" Track Nominated
Best Instrumental Arrangement "Roots Mural Theme" Track Nominated
Best Instrumental Composition "Roots Mural Theme" Track Nominated
1979 Best Instrumental Arrangement "The Wiz Main Title (Overture, Part I)" Track Won
1980 Producer Of The Year Nominated
1981 Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) Nominated
Best Instrumental Arrangement "Dinorah, Dinorah" Track Won
1982 Album Of The Year The Dude Album Nominated
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal The Dude Album Won
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) "Ai No Corrida" Track Won
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental Recording "Velas" Track Nominated
Best Pop Instrumental Performance "Velas" Track Nominated
Producer Of The Year Won
1983 Producer Of The Year Nominated
1984 Album Of The Year Thriller Album Won
Record Of The Year "Beat It" Single Won
Best Rhythm & Blues Song "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" Single Nominated
Best Recording For Children E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Album Won
Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical) Won
1985 Best Arrangements On An Instrumental "Grace (Gymnastics Theme)" Track Won
Best Rhythm & Blues Song "Yah Mo B There" Single Nominated
1986 Album Of The Year We Are The World Album

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Record Of The Year "We Are The World" Single Won
1988 Album Of The Year Bad Album Nominated
Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical) Nominated
1990 Album Of The Year Back On The Block Album Won
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental "Birdland" Track Won
Best Jazz Fusion Performance "Birdland" Track Won
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) "The Places You Find Love" Track Won
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group "Back On The Block" Track Won
Best Pop Instrumental Performance "Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)" Track Nominated
Producer Of The Year Won
1994 Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux Album Won
Best Music Video, Long Form Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux Album Nominated
1997 Best Instrumental Arrangement With Accompanying Vocals "Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me" Track Nominated
2002 Best Spoken Word Album Q: The Autobiography Of Quincy Jones Album Won

Special Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Award category Result
1989 Trustees Award Won
1992 Legend Award Won

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Award category Nominated work Result
1968 Best Original Score In Cold Blood Nominated
Best Song "The Eyes Of Love" from Banning Nominated
1969 Best Original Song For The Picture "For Love Of Ivy" from For Love Of Ivy Nominated
1979 Best Adaptation Score The Wiz Nominated
1986 Best Original Score The Color Purple Nominated
Best Original Song "Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)" from The Color Purple Nominated
Best Picture The Color Purple Nominated

Special Academy Awards[edit]

Year Award category Result
1994 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Songwriters Hall of Fame, 1989 Award & Induction Ceremony
  2. ^ "Music | Quincy Jones gets French honour". BBC News. 2001-03-27. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Quincy Jones Named `Mentor of the Year'". washingtonpost.com. December 12, 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Quincy Jones receives Gershwin Award". Uclalumni.net. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  5. ^ Dienst, Karin (2008-06-03). "Princeton University — Princeton awards five honorary degrees". Princeton.edu. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Washington University to award six honorary degrees at 147th Commencement". News-info.wustl.edu. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  7. ^ Perry, Nick (June 14, 2008). "UW graduation draws 40,000 as musician Quincy Jones speaks". Seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  8. ^ Perpetuelle.com: Quincy Jones Gets His Own Audemars Piguet Millenary [1] Perpetuelle.com
  9. ^ http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/14000.html
  10. ^ http://idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=75666
  11. ^ http://rockhall.com/inductees/
  12. ^ LA Times awards database, link. Accessed 2008 June 29.