The Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing will honor Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at a February Grammy Week event, while Epic Records chairman-CEO L.A. Reid will be feted at Clive Davis’ annual pre-awards party.
The P&E honorees, who claim a total of 45 Grammys between them — Jones with 27, Schmitt with 18 — will be recognized at a Feb. 6 event at the Village Studios in West Los Angeles.
Active since the ’50s, Jones is best known for his work as producer of Michael Jackson’s multi-platinum albums “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad.” His career as producer, arranger, film scorer, executive and entrepreneur stretches back to the ’50s. He has already been a Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient in 1989 and a Grammy Legend Award honoree in 1991.
Engineer Schmitt has worked with many of the top names in the business, including Henry Mancini, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. His Grammy tally includes 10 wins in the best engineered category. He received a Trustees Award from the Academy in 2006.
The NARAS President’s Merit Award recipient at Davis’ glittery Feb. 9 party at the Beverly Hilton will be the man who, ironically, displaced the veteran record exec as head of Arista Records in 2000. Reid was previously a top producer and headed LaFace Records with his studio partner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
Reid has since served as chairman of Universal’s Island Def Jam Music Group. The Epic topper has been a judge on Fox’s “The X Factor” for two seasons, but will not return to the show next season.
Previous recipients of the Merit Award have included Davis (now chief creative officer at Sony Music Worldwide), Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, Sir Richard Branson and Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.