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The American Music Awards, now in its 45th year, will honor Diana Ross with a lifetime achievement award, organizers said Wednesday. She also will perform during the upcoming broadcast, which is set to air Nov. 19 on ABC from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater.
Ross, known for a slew of hits with The Supremes and later as a solo artist, attended the first AMAs in 1974 and hosted the awards show in 1986 and 1987. She has seven AMA wins to her name and has performed many times on the show, which is produced by Dick Clark Productions.
“I have endless memories of all the years that I have appeared on the American Music Awards,” Ross said in a release about the honor. “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.”
Ross, 73, rose to fame in the 1960s with The Supremes and No. 1 hits like “Where Did Our Love Go” and “You Can’t Hurry Love.” In the 1970s, she launched her solo career and again reached the top of the charts with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Endless Love,” among other songs.
The American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, given to those who have had significant contributions to the music industry, has been previously presented to Sting, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan and Prince.
Nominations for the 2017 AMAs were announced last week, with Bruno Mars leading with eight mentions, followed by Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd with five each.
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