Jones ‘puzzled’ by Hall of Fame honour

Quincy Jones has mixed feelings about his lifetime achievement award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because he feels his performance abilities are being overlooked.

Quincy Jones believes his performance abilities are being overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The famed music producer will be inducted into the prestigious music museum in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday night alongside bands like Heart and hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy.

Quincy will be the recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement, named after the institution’s co-founder.

The prize was initially called the Non-Performer Award, handed out to luminaries who work behind-the-scenes.

Although he’s honoured by the accolade, the 80-year-old music veteran appears to have mixed feelings about not being recognised for his more high-profile work.

“I’m puzzled that it’s a non-performing honour,” he told USA Today.

“I’ve been performing for 60 years. But it doesn’t matter, it’s all good.”

Quincy told the newspaper he is looking forward to joining a club consisting of some of his dearest colleagues.

Also being honoured at the Los Angeles induction ceremony on Thursday will be Rush, Randy Newman, Lou Adler, Albert King and the late Donna Summer.

“I get to join my friends,” he said.

Quincy is considered one of the most prolific music producers alive, having worked with artists including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Amy Winehouse throughout his decades-long career.

He has been nominated for 79 Grammy Awards, winning 27.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony will feature a star-studded line-up of performers, including Tom Morello, Kelly Rowland and Jennifer Hudson.
Copyright: Cover Media 2013

Friday, 19. April 2013