But she and the Dap-Kings regularly packed theaters and clubs around the world and released seven lauded albums, including last 2015's "It's a Holiday Soul Party."
Jones and the band received their first-ever Grammy nomination in 2015 for their powerhouse album, "Give the People What They Want."
"I thank God that we're finally being recognized for what we've been working so hard for." Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution a few weeks before the ceremony. "We're not going anywhere. I'm not gonna be a pop singer. I'm gonna be who I am."
Although they lost to a Toni Braxton-Babyface collaboration, Jones still held out hope that the coveted music award might be bestowed on her one day.
In the documentary, she visits the Augusta Museum of History and admires one of James Brown's Grammys.
"I want to at least have one of these one day," she says.
Jones' representatives have requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation, James Brown Family Foundation and Little Kids Rock.