The news has come out: Diana Ross will be honored with the “American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement,” in recognition of her remarkable career and her outstanding artistic contributions to the entertainment industry and popular culture.
It would be impossible to list every single one of Ross’ massive accomplishments or try to define just how extensive her impact has been on music, but it’s safe to say that the groundbreaking songstress is more than deserving of this prestigious honor.
As a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, she’ll be performing at the show. Ross is no stranger to the AMAs either, as she’s won seven awards throughout her legendary 40-year career, and even contributed to some of the AMAs most iconic moments, like the 1986 performance of “We Are The World.”
“I have endless memories of all the years that I have appeared on the American Music Awards,” says Ms. Ross. “It started with Dick Clark and The Caravan of Stars and American Bandstand. It was Dick Clark who said, ‘Music is the soundtrack of our lives.’ So true. I am so excited to be receiving this honorable award.”
Born in Detroit, Ross rose to acclaim as a member of The Supremes, a women’s Motown group known for songs like “Baby Love” and “Where Did Our Love Go.” Ross also had a stunningly successful solo career in the 1970s and 80s with hits like “I’m Coming Out” and “Upside Down. Decades later, The Supremes still remain one of the most critically-acclaimed and commercially successful groups in history, and Ross’ contributions to Motown and music in general remain unparalleled.
Previous recipients of the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement include Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.