The following are some of Ella's more notable career achievements. For specific dates and a more complete listing, please see her Awards section.

• 13 Grammy awards

• A-Tisket, A-Tasket entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame

• Kennedy Center for Performing Arts' Medal of Honor Award

• The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

• Pied Piper Award

• American Society of Composers

• Women at Work organization's Bicentennial Woman

• Authors and Publishers' highest honor

• George And Ira Gershwin Award for Outstanding Achievement

• National Medal of Art

• Honorary chairmanship of the Martin Luther King Foundation

• Received first ASCAP award in recognition of an artist

• Honorary doctorate degrees from Dartmouth, Talladega, Howard and Yale Universities

• Peabody Award for Outstanding Contributions in Music

• The first Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award, named "Ella" in her honor

• NAACP Award for lifetime achievement