by TRN Writers,
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “I Hear a Symphony”, “You Keep Me Hangin On”, “Remember Me”, “Touch Me in the Morning”…that’s just a light appetizer to the buffet of hits recorded by singer Diana Ross. The Detroit Michigan songstress has been belting out hits all her life and now her life’s work is about to honored.
Ross has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Music Awards. Billboard Magazine says “the award recognizes artists who have made outstanding contributions to the music industry and popular culture at large, and Ross has certainly accomplished both.”
Ross began as one-third of the voices in the 60’s soul group The Supremes. With hits like “You Keep Me Hangin’ On, “Where Did Our Love Go”and “Reflections”, the trio shot to the top as one of the most dynamic groups signed to the Motown label. Over the next few years, The Supremes hit the number one spot on the charts with 12 singles paving the way to their becoming one of the best-selling female groups of all time. The perfect harmony of their voices took them places were Blacks were not often allowed and so groups like The Supremes helped break down race barriers and push R&B to mainstream audiences. The group was eventually re-branded Diana Ross & the Supremes. After a decade in the trio, Ross took out on her own. Her first solo album spawned pop hits like “Reach Out and Touch” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.
As her solo career was building steam, Ross reached for new horizons by crossing over to acting taking on such roles as Billie Holiday in “Lady Sings the Blues” and 1975’s “Mahogany” which she started in opposite Billy Dee Williams. Ross was attributed with discovering the Jackson Five and she and Michael reportedly stayed close friends up until his death.
In her later years, Ross tried to form a reunion tour with the surviving members of The Supremes, but bad blood between the singers prevented the tour from ever happening. In 2002, Ross had to cancel a scheduled solo tour after she was arrested for a DUI and entered a rehab.
After learning of her lifetime achievement award, the 73-year Ross said, “It took a lifetime to get here, I’m not going anywhere … It’s been a wonderful journey for me of joy and much appreciation.”
The AMA’s will broadcast live from Los Angeles on ABC on November 19.