AKG by Harman recently held its 70th-anniversary party at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where the company honoured producer Quincy Jones with an AKG Lifetime Achievement Award.
During the event, Quincy Jones protégé and multi-Grammy award winner, Jacob Collier, performed, along with a variety of immersive experiences that showcased the microphone and headphone brand’s iconic 70 years. He performed three of the Jones’ biggest hits, including ‘Human Nature’ by Michael Jackson, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ by Frank Sinatra, and ‘Give Me the Night’ by George Benson.
The evening concluded with host and broadcast journalist Nic Harcourt presenting Jones with the AKG Lifetime Achievement Award, for his contribution to music since the early 1950s.
“For almost seven decades in this business as a musician, composer, arranger, conductor, and producer, I have always gone for the music that gives me goosebumps. And whether it was Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra, the Brothers Johnson, Michael Jackson, the artists who contributed to the recordings of We Are The World, right up until today, without fail that music was delivered through AKG audio products,” said Jones. “As you celebrate your 70th anniversary, I have no doubt in my mind that AKG will continue to be an essential part of the music recording and listening experience for many, many more decades to come.”
“Throughout his legendary career, Quincy Jones has created some of the most iconic records in the history of the recording industry and we are honoured to present him with a Lifetime Achievement Award,” added Erik Tarkiainen, vice president of Global Marketing, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “For 70 years, AKG has been creating headphones and microphones that empower the spirit of creativity and innovation, and no one embodies that spirit more than Quincy.”