This past Wednesday, Quincy Jones was honored at the Ebony magazine’s annual Power 100 gala, and was the guest of honor.
According to Variety , attendees were entertained by musical performances that each represented Jones’ influence and career in the music industry.
Each genre was represented, and when the fun was over, Jones received the highly esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes black Americans who wield considerable power, such as TV producer Shonda Rhimes and physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Many African American artists attended and performed, including beatboxer Doug E.
Fresh, rapper Slick Rick, Patti Austin, and Chaka Khan.
LL Cool J introduced Jones onto the stage, saying that Jones is like a father to him, and “the greatest producer in the history of music.” He also stated, “[Jones] just really taught me to be a man,” conveying his respect and appreciation for the music mogul.
According to Yahoo , Khan also stated that Jones is “like an uncle, even a father.” After the performances were over, Jones addressed the crowd, stating , “It’s amazing to be around and have a career last almost seven decades and watch everything that’s happening.
Everything’s going to be all right.” This year’s gala focused on issues of race in particular, and Jones said that he was especially humbled to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award because he considered the founder of Ebony magazine to be a mentor. Jones stated , “Ebony and Jet were part of the glue that bonded us together as a people…
Black men and women in this country saw for the very first time that they were not alone in a vast wilderness; that their loves, dreams and sorrows were shared by people who looked just like them all over this country.” He added cheekily to the crowd, “You made one 81-year-old dude…
You really know how to make my soul smile.”