Oprah, John Legend, Will Smith And More Featured In BET’s Quincy Jones Special

Contributed by Anaya Ray 

BET has been on a roll with their latest wave of retelling stories of some of music’s biggest artists.

To close this year out per say, BET has produced a two-hour special, according to Rolling Stone, about musical genius Quincy Jones.

The special, “Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones,” well dive into Jones’ career as a “go-to hit-maker,” along with his countless contributions to TV and film, jazz, producing, work as a humanitarian, and his relationship with Michael Jackson.

The show will also feature celebrities like Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Dave Chapelle, LL Cool J, Usher, Danny Glover, Ludacris, and Jones’ daughter Rashida, who will share personal accounts about Jones and legendary career.

Besides heartfelt stories, the special will have feature musical performances from Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Gladys Knight, Brian McKnight, Fantasia, Gloria Estefan, Charlie Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, Megan Trainor, Sam Smith, and Ne-Yo.

Ken Ehrlich, a longtime producer for the Grammys, will be head up production for the two-hour special, taped at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles in September.

Ehrlich spoke out about his new production and how Jones has been a major representation for black entertainers and the entertainment industry as a whole.

“For most of my life, the name Quincy Jones has represented excellence in nearly every part of the American musical landscape,” Ehrlich exclaimed in a statement. “To be able to celebrate his remarkable achievements in a two-hour television event 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.”

Along with BET’s special, the music producer will also have a documentary produced by Netflix entitled “Quincy,” which Jones’ daughter has the honor of co-directing with film director Alan Hicks.

BET’s “Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones” will premiere on December 9th at 8 p.m. ET.

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