The American Music Awards return to Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater this Sunday, Nov. 19, and the annual awards show will have no shortage of big names in attendance. Arguably the most respected and well-known artist in the building will be Diana Ross, who has been named this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the show’s producers announced on Monday.
“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,” Dick Clark Productions said in a statement. “In addition to attending the very first show in 1974 and leading several show-stopping performances throughout the years – including a star-studded performance of ‘We Are The World’ in 1986.”
Ross became a big name in the world of popular music back in the 1960s as the main singer in the The Supremes. The girl group were one of the brightest acts signed to Motown Records, and pumped out big pop hits including "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love" and “You Keep Me Hangin' On." By 1967 the group had become so famous, led by Ross, that they changed their name to Diana Ross & the Supremes. She started her solo career in 1970 and continued on throughout the 80s with the huge disco-friendly anthems including "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out." She's also remembered as one half of the timeless duet ballad with Lionel Richie in “Endless Love.”
Past recipients of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” include Johnny Cash, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Billy Joel just to name a few. Ross was also named the recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2012.
The upcoming American Music Awards will have a unique connection to the newly revamped American Idol, which now shares a home with the awards show at the ABC television network. Fans of the singing competition show will get to vote for a contestant from years past during the Awards broadcast, with hopes of he or she getting a second chance at melodic redemption during the upcoming season.
Fans can tune watch Ross’ acceptance live at the 2017 AMAs this Sunday at at 8 p.m. on ABC.