‘Lens’ trained on Q

DaimlerChrysler pays tribute to music man Jones

HOLLYWOOD — The Beverly Hilton has finally found a solution to its gala parking problem: During Tuesday night’s “Behind the Lens” tribute to Quincy Jones, a choice selection of DaimlerChrysler vehicles were parked inside the reception area.

OK, so the car company may have been the sponsor, but either way the valet line was a breeze, unlike the moving yet rather long “thank you” speech from Jones himself.

“You guys picked a 73-year-old man, so you have to be patient,” Jones quipped before the organizers actually turned his mic off. (He subsequently took the band’s mic and continued.)

“I didn’t deserve this,” Jones said of his nod. “I didn’t deserve three divorces and two brain operations either, but I’ll take it.”

Chaka Khan and Yolanda Adams serenaded the multihyphenate, while Norman Lear, Benny Medina, John Singleton, Bud Yorkin, Debbie Allen and Norman Jewison spoke of Jones’ impact on their careers. Host Tracee Ellis Ross spoke of Jones’ many roles: composer, musician, producer, etc., but it was LeVar Burton who summed it up best: “When I think of you, Quincy, I just go to ‘monster motherfucker,’ because that’s who you are to me.”

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