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Oprah, John Legend, Others to Honor Quincy Jones During BET Special

12JAN97: TV presenter OPRAH WINFREY with musician QUINCY JONES at the Peoples Choice Awards. Pix: PAUL SMITH

Several A-listers are set to appear on Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones, airing next month on BET.

Rolling Stone reports Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich produced the two-hour special, which was taped in September at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

“For most of my life, the name Quincy Jones has represented excellence in nearly every part of the American musical landscape,” Ehrlich said 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.”

The BET special will feature musical performances from John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Brian McKnight, Gloria Estefan, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, Sam Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Meghan Trainor and Ne-Yo. Oprah Winfrey is set to speak in tribute of the super-producer, along with Will Smith, Dave Chappelle, Usher, LL Cool J, Danny Glover, Ludacris and Jones’ daughter, actress Rashida Jones.

Jones is the subject of the new Netflix documentary Quincy. The documentary, co-directed by filmmaker Alan Hick and Jones’ daughter, Rashida, spans the producer’s 60-plus-year career in the music business. He has worked with Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra. He has received 79 Grammy nominations to date and has won 27, including the Grammy Legend Award.

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Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones airs Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on BET.

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