Promotional photo of American composer and music producer Quincy Jones, 1980s. (Photo by A&M Records/Getty Images)

Quincy Jones


Record producer, music conductor, arranger, film composer, television producer and trumpeter, Quincy Jones’ career spans five decades. He’s achieved a record 79 Grammy Award nominations and 27 Grammys, including a Legend Award. He became the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and the same year was nominated for Best Original score for In Cold Blood. Some of his most notable works are his production on Michael Jackson’s Thriller, composing 1962’s “Soul Bossa Nova” (better known as Austin Powers’ theme song) and the score of The Color Purple. Jones was also behind hit television shows In the House with LL Cool J, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and magazines Vibe and Spin. He was awarded a 2008 BET Humanitarian Award.