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Quincy Jones

Jones in 2004 at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American music [conductor] , record producer, [musical arranger] , [film composer] , [television producer] , and trumpeter. During five decades in the entertainment industry, Jones has earned a record 79 [Grammy Award] nominations, 27 Grammys, including a [Grammy Legend Award] in 1991. He is best known as the producer of the album [Thriller] , by [pop icon] [Michael Jackson] , which has sold over 110 million copies worldwide, and as the producer and conductor of the charity song “ [We Are the World] ”.

In 1968, Jones and his songwriting partner [Bob Russell] became the first African-Americans to be nominated for an [Academy Award] in the "Best Original Song" category. That same year, he became the first African-American to be nominated twice within the same year when he was nominated for "Best Original Score" for his work on the music of the [1967] [film] [In Cold Blood] . In 1971 Jones would receive the honor of becoming the first African American to be named musical director/conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony. He was the first African-American to win the Academy's [Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award] , in 1995. He is tied with sound designer [Willie D. Burton] as the most Oscar-nominated African American, each of them having seven nominations. At the 2008 BET Awards, Quincy Jones was presented with the Humanitarian Award. He was played by [Larenz Tate] in the [2004] [biopic] about [Ray Charles] , [Ray] .

Early life

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