Hip-Hop News: Hip Hop Legend Quincy Jones Honored By DaimlerChrysler
Known for his major achevements as a composer, producer, artist, entrepreneur and movie and television producer.
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8/1/2006 8:26:29 AM

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Quincy Jones, an impresario in the broadest sense of the word, has been named the 2007 DaimlerChrysler "Behind the Lens" awardee. The event, now in its fifth year, will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on October 24, 2006. Jones -- whose career has spanned over 50 years and encompassed such roles as composer, record producer, artist, conductor, record company executive, entrepreneur and movie and television producer -- will be recognized for his contributions in the world of film and television.

"People recognize Quincy Jones as 'The Man' in the music genre, yet his creative talents behind the camera have been just as powerful," said Frank Fountain, DaimlerChrysler Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Public Policy (Auburn Hills). "As we salute the fifth 'Behind the Lens' awardee, DaimlerChrysler continues to celebrate the passions and talents that lead the way for others and help influence generations around the world."

Jones joins pioneers such as directors John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood"), Gordon Parks ("Shaft") and Melvin Van Peebles ("Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song") and Hollywood casting veteran and director Reuben Cannon ("Madea's Family Reunion") as past recipients of this prestigious award.

"It is an honor to receive this award, particularly as DaimlerChrysler marks the fifth anniversary of recognizing those of us who work so tirelessly 'Behind the Lens,'" said Jones. "I am proud to be in the esteemed company of this award's predecessors."

In conjunction with his successful and celebrated music career, Jones began his film career as co-producer of "The Color Purple," nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 1985. He has also served as executive producer on a number of television projects such as the NBC-TV series "The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air," UPN's "In The House" and Fox Television's "Mad TV." Additionally, he has composed 33 major motion picture scores and earned worldwide acclaim as producer of the historic "We Are The World" recording, the best-selling single of all time. Jones also introduced Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey to the world of film and launched the careers of many other stars.

The "Behind The Lens" Award was established in 2002 by DaimlerChrysler to recognize and celebrate the achievements of individuals who work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Since its inception, the star-studded awards event has featured approximately 300 invited guests to share in the recognition and the accomplishments of the honoree.

Award recipients are chosen by a selection committee comprised of entertainment industry professionals and DaimlerChrysler representatives.

About Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones is currently celebrating more than 50 years in the entertainment industry. He has won 27 Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy's Trustees Award and the Grammy Living Legend Award. He also holds the record for the most Grammy nominations with a total of 79. He is an Emmy winner and seven-time Oscar nominee and was recently honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He is the recipient of both the Republic of France's world-renowned Legion d'Honneur and the French Ministry of Culture's Distinguished Arts and Letters Award, the Republic of Italy's Rudolph Valentino Award and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's coveted Polar Music Prize. Most recently, Jones was named a 2001 Kennedy Center Honoree.

As a master inventor of musical hybrids, Jones has blended pop, soul, hip- hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions. His landmark 1989 album, "Back On The Block," was named "Album Of The Year" at the 1990 Grammy Awards. His 1995 recording, "Q's Jook Joint," again showcased Jones's ability to mold the unique talents of an eclectic group of singers and musicians.

As a record company executive, Jones remains highly active in the record

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