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