During tonight’s telecast at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the woman behind huge hits like “Endless Love” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
As an added bonus, her very own family including daughter Tracee Ellis Ross was able to present the special trophy live.
“What do you get when you cross a chart-topping singer, breathtaking beauty, captivating actress, trailblazing style icon, record-breaking pioneer, legendary megastar, international superstar, and an all-around boss? Everybody, you get my mom. Miss Diana Ross,” son Evan Ross shared on stage.
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Before accepting her trophy, Diana performed a medley of hits including “Ease on Down the Road” and “I’m Coming Out.”
“People from the age of 8 to 80, know every word of Diana’s songs and her artistry resonates with folks every race, background and walk of life,” former First Lady Michelle Obama shared in a taped message. “Today her voice is still as pure, her beauty is undeniable, and her showmanship is on point as back when she was a Supreme.”
Former President Barack Obama added, “When we heard Diana Ross was getting the Lifetime Achievement Award, our first reaction was, “She doesn’t have it yet?'”
Perhaps the best moment was when Diana’s extended family came on stage and bestowed the special award. “With no apology and all of your power, with integrity, grace and generosity, you blazed a way,” daughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick shared. “Not just for us your children, not just for women, not just for black folk or singers or performers or entrepreneurs, but for all of us!”
Diana added, “This is all about love. This is my family and I’m sending love to all of you. I really, really love being here and I feel so humbled by this. I love you so very much.”
Congratulations to the queen!