Angeleno Quincy Jones, the mastermind behind three of Michael Jackson’s best selling albums, was honored today with a National Medal of Arts. Jones was among 10 recipients who were recognized by President Obama in a ceremony in the East Room.
Jones was recognized for his contribution to the music industry as a musician, record producer, composer, and arranger. He has a collection of 27 Grammys (more than anyone alive) and was honored last year by the Los Angeles Unified School District with an elementary school dedicated in his name.
Other recipients include Robert Brustein, founder of the Yale Repertory Theater and the American Repertory Theater, pianist Van Cliburn, abstract expressionist artist Mark di Suvero, poet Donald Hall, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, jazz musician Sonny Rollins, Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockinbird, actress Meryl Streep, and songwriter James Taylor.