Amanda Edwards/WireImageUsher and Snoop Dogg were among the stars honoring Quincy Jones today as the legendary producer and composer placed his hands and footprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
The 27-time Grammy winner was recognized for his lifetime achievement in entertainment, and is the first composer to be so honored. At the ceremony, he recalled how he became the first black composer in Hollywood.
“I am beyond thankful to have had the opportunity to work on more than 35 film scores,” he said. “When I started: No black composers on single screen credits. And two people helped me solve that. That was Sidney Poitier. Gave me six films. And Sidney Lumet.”
Usher thanked Quincy for inspiring him to help the less fortunate.
“I would not be the humanitarian I am today if you did not make me understand that there’s so much more important than what you’re doing in music,” the eight-time Grammy winner told Quincy. “You gotta make sure that you continue to supply the resource, the love, the passion…empathy for those people who might not necessarily have the voice to raise it.”
Snoop, who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week, also praised Jones.
“Quincy has been like a real friend to me,” he said. “Giving us information and wisdom on how to live and how to better ourselves, and how to use our voice as a platform to be more positive.”
Jones is one of only 18 EGOT winners, having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. His production credits include one of the best-selling singles of all time, “We Are The World,” and Michael Jackson’s iconic albums Thriller, Bad, and Off The Wall.
BET will honor Quincy with a two-hour special called Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones,airing December 9. Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and John Legend are among the stars featured in the show.
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