Thursday was a big evening for Quincy Jones, who was finally, at the age of 80, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“I get to join my friends,” the veteran producer said prior to the ceremony, held at LA LIVE’s Nokia Theatre.
He added: “I’m puzzled that it’s a non-performing honor. I’ve been performing for 60 years. But it doesn’t matter, it’s all good.”
He was presented with the Ahmet Ertegun Award for lifetime achievement by none other than Oprah Winfrey, who acknowledged that she had been discovered by Jones when he cast her in the 1985 blockbuster The Color Purple.
“He defines the word legend, he is remarkable and everybody knows it,” the media mogul said onstage, adding, “I continue to be amazed at what goes on in his head … he’s of this time and so far ahead of this time.”
The other 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees include Heart, Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Lou Adler and the late Donna Summer and Albert King. The ceremony will air on HBO May 18.
Prior to the ceremony, both inductees and presenters — who included Jones, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, Randy Newman, Kelly Rowland, Don Henley, Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins as well as Linda Vanderpump, Michelle Williams, Rumer Willis and Jayson Blair, Chelsea Handler, Cindy Crawford, Jack Osbourne, Usher, Questlove, Public Enemy, Heart, Spike Lee, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong, Grace Potter, Flavor Flav, Colin Hanks, Colin Egglesfield, Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry, Harry Belafonte, Jackson Browne, Gary Clark, Jr., Linda Perry, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Penny Marshall, Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Booker T. Jones were treated to specialty gifting courtesy of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.
The lucky invitees snapped up goodies from New Balance, TiVo, Ultimate Ears, Aquaswiss, PHYTO, Crunch, Thursday Friday, Murad Skincare and Hasbro Games World Series of Yahtzee.