BET Celebrates Quincy Jones with New Music Special Produced by Ken Ehrlich Productions

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BET Networks is set to premiere “Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy
Jones,” a star-studded evening that celebrates the life and legacy of
the icon. The special was taped in September at the Microsoft Theater at
L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and will premiere on BET Networks on Sunday,
December 9, 2018 at 8:00PM ET.

Produced in partnership with AEG Ehrlich Ventures, who is most known for
producing the GRAMMY Awards telecast, the two-hour special is set to
take audiences on a melodic and visual journey, depicting the momentous
impact Jones has had on music and popular culture over the past seven
decades. The evening will explore Quincy the hit maker, contributions to
film television, work as a humanitarian, his contributions to jazz,
and success as a producer, highlighting his relationship with Michael

In celebration of such an iconic figure, some of the biggest stars came
to share in on the celebration. Performers such as Stevie Wonder, Gladys
, Brian McKnight, John Legend, Gloria Estefan,
Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo,
Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, Patti Austin, Yolanda
, Ledisi, and Cynthia Erivo all hit the stage to
pay tribute to Mr. Jones performing his classic works. Additionally, Oprah
, Will Smith, Danny Glover, Eddie Murphy,
Dave Chappelle, LL Cool J, Rashida Jones, and Ludacris
shared their personal stories of how Quincy has impacted them throughout
the years.

“For most of my life, the name Quincy Jones has represented excellence
in nearly every part of the American musical landscape. To be able to
celebrate his remarkable achievements in a two-hour television event is
has been one of the great joys of my life, and I have no doubt that
viewers of all ages and backgrounds will relate to the musical
highlights of this amazing man. From Ray Charles to Michael Jackson,
from “The Pawnbroker” to “The Color Purple,” Quincy’s done it all, and
done it all with brilliance,” said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of

Over the past 70 years, Quincy has graced us with a multitude of talents
such as a trumpeter, producer, conductor, composer and arranger. His
work is so intertwined into popular culture giving us the soundtracks
and theme songs to many of the films and television shows we’ve come to
know as classics, such as “The Color Purple,” “Roots,” ‘Sanford
,’ and ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air.’ As a mentor, he
has cultivated the careers of some of the biggest talents of the past
decade, such as Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith, a
tradition he continues with new artists today.

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