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Diana Ross

(1944- )

Background and Early Years

Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross on March 26, 1944) is an American twelve-time Grammy and Oscar-nominated singer, record producer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, pop, disco and jazz. During the 1960s, she shaped the sound of popular music and Motown Records as the lead singer of The Supremes before leaving for a solo career in the beginning of 1970.

During the 1970s and through the mid 1980s, Ross was the most successful female artist of the rock era, while crossing over into film, television and Broadway winning a Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross in 1977, and being nominated for twelve Grammy Awards and an Academy Award for Best Actress for her 1972 role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues. She was also recently honored by The Kennedy Center.

In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the female entertainer of the century. Guinness World Records declared Diana Ross as the most successful female music artist of the 20th century with a total of eighteen American number-one singles: twelve as lead singer of The Supremes and six as a solo artist. Ross was the first female solo artist to score six number-ones. She is also one of the few artists to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—one as a solo artist and the other as a member of the Supremes.

Including her work with the Supremes, Ross has recorded approximately 57 studio albums. In 1999, as a solo artist, she was ranked #38 on VH1's "The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll", while The Supremes ranked #16.

Ross was born at Women's Hospital in Detroit, Michigan on March 26, 1944. For a time, the Ross family lived on Belmont Street in northern Detroit - directly off of Woodward Avenue - where Ross befriended neighbor Smokey Robinson. When Ross was seven, her mother contracted tuberculosis causing her to become seriously ill. Ross' father moved his children to live with relatives in Bessemer, Alabama. After her mother recovered, her family moved back to Detroit. When Diana was fourteen years old the family moved into the Brewster-Douglass projects. The following year, Ross began her music career with neighborhood friends Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Betty McGlown as the doo-wop quartet the Primettes (later renamed The Supremes), a sister group to local act The Primes (later The Temptations).

Ross was the second of six children born to a Baptist family by Fred Ross and Ernestine Moten in Detroit. Her sisters Barbara and Rita did not enter show business; instead, Barbara Ross became a doctor, while Rita Ross became a schoolteacher. Younger brother Arthur "T-Boy" Ross was a successful songwriter for Motown, composing hits for Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5, and others alongside Leon Ware. Ross' youngest brother, Wilbert "Chico" Ross, was a dancer on Ross' tours. During Ross' later teenage years, Ross' parents separated and later divorced. Diana's mother would later remarry.

Like her father, Ross attended Detroit's Cass Technical High School. She graduated in January 1962, one semester before the rest of her classmates.

Ross married music business manager Robert Ellis Silberstein in August 1971. After divorcing him in March 1977, Ross publicly dated actor Ryan O'Neal and rocker Gene Simmons of the group Kiss, before marrying Norwegian tycoon Arne Næss Jr. in October 1985. They divorced in 2000.

Ross is the mother of five children. Ross and Robert Silberstein are the parents of Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein (born 1971), now known as Rhonda Ross Kendrick (actually her birth father is Motown Records founder Berry Gordy), Tracee Joy Silberstein (born 1972), now known as Tracee Ellis Ross, and Chudney Lane Silberstein (born 1975), now known as Chudney Ross. Ross Arne Næss (born 1987) and Evan Olaf Næss, now known as Evan Ross (born 1988), are the children of Ross and Arne Næss.

Rhonda Ross Kendrick found fame in the television soap opera Another World, appeared in the movie The Personals with Malik Yoba (from N.Y. Undercover) and has an active career as a jazz singer, often performing with husband, jazz pianist Rodney Kendrick. Tracee Ellis Ross pursued a career as a model, and later found fame as an actress: her sitcom, Girlfriends, ran on UPN from 2000 to 2007 and 2007 to 2008 on The CW. She also appeared in the Tyler Perry film Daddy's Little Girls. Diana's youngest daughter, Chudney Ross, is a model, and was briefly a judge in a reality show Fame. Ross' youngest son, Evan Ross, received positive reviews for his roles in the 2006 film ATL, in which he co-starred with rapper T.I. and as "Reggie" in the movie Pride (2007). Most recently, Tracee and Evan Ross appeared together in the HBO telefilm Life Support (2007), in which Evan portrayed a gay HIV positive teenager. All of Ross' children, except Evan, are college educated, and most were graduated: Ross Naess is expected to graduate from Marist College in 2010.

Both of Ross' parents are deceased: Ernestine Ross-Jordan died in November 1984, and Fred Ross, Sr., died in November 2007. As a result of smart business planning, investments, sage advice and luck, Ross is now worth approximately $150 million.

The Supremes

In 1961, having already replaced McGlown with Barbara Martin, the quartet auditioned for and eventually signed with Motown Records. During the group's struggling early years, all but one of the singles the group released were all sung by Ross, whose nasal mezzo soprano contrasted with founder Florence Ballard's brassier soprano, Mary Wilson's punchier alto and Martin's raspy contralto. Between 1961 and 1963, the group were known jokingly as the "no-hit Supremes".

After Martin's exit in 1962, the group would remain a trio throughout its tenure. In 1963, Motown CEO Berry Gordy made Ross the official lead singer of the group after several years of group mates trading leads, because he felt the group could crossover to the pop charts with Ross' higher, and appealing, nasal quality. Initially, this decision was not an issue by Ross' band mates, until a few years later, when it became obvious that Ross was the focal point of the group; Ballard, in particular, took extreme issue. Despite difficulties, after The Supremes hit number-one with "Where Did Our Love Go", a song rejected by The Marvelettes, the group found unpreceedent success. Between August 1964 and May 1967, Ross, Wilson and Ballard sung on ten number-one hit singles.

After years of tension, Ballard was let go from the Supremes by Gordy and was replaced by Cindy Birdsong, a member of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Around the same time, the group's name changed to Diana Ross and the Supremes to signify Ross' contributions and focal point as lead. Recording a total of twelve number-one singles, the Supremes became the most successful American vocal group of the sixties, and the second most successful group worldwide, second only to The Beatles.

Motown began plans to have Ross start a solo career in 1968. Television specials such as TCB (1968) and G.I.T. on Broadway (1969) were designed to spotlight Ross as a star in her own right, and much of the later Ross-led Supremes material was recorded by Ross with session singers The Andantes, not Wilson and Birdsong, on backing vocals.

By the summer of 1969, Jean Terrell was chosen by Gordy to be Ross' replacement and Ross began her first solo recordings. In November of the same year, three years after it was first rumored, Billboard magazine confirmed Ross' exit from the group to begin her solo career. In conjunction with the start of her solo career, Ross introduced Motown's newest act, The Jackson 5, to national audiences.

Ross began her solo sessions with a number of producers, including Bones Howe and Johnny Bristol. Her first track with Bristol, "Someday We'll Be Together", was tagged as her first solo single; it was instead issued as the final Diana Ross & the Supremes release. "Someday We'll Be Together" was the twelfth and the final number-one hit for the Supremes, and the last American number-one hit of the 1960s. Ross made her final appearance with the Supremes at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas on January 14, 1970.

Going Solo

After a half-year of recording material with various producers, Ross settled with the production team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the creative force behind Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's hit duets. Ashford and Simpson helmed most of Ross' first album, Diana Ross, and would continue to write and produce for Ross for the next decade. In May 1970, Diana Ross was released on Motown. The first single, the gospel-influenced "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)", peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's second single, a cover of Gaye and Terrell's 1967 hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", was an international hit, and gave Ross her first #1 pop single as a solo artist. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" garnered Ross a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.

In 1971, Motown released Ross's second album Everything is Everything, which garnered Ross's first UK number one solo single, "I'm Still Waiting". Several months later, Ross released Surrender, which garnered the top 20 pop hit, "Remember Me". That year, Ross hosted her first solo TV special, Diana!. Featuring guest appearances by The Jackson 5, Bill Cosby and Danny Thomas, Ross' special continued her popularity with her middle of the road fan base.

By this point, Motown Records had relocated to the West Coast, specifically Hollywood. Berry Gordy decided it was time the company ventured out once more in new territory, so he focused much of his attention on developing a motion pictures company and set his sights on making Ross a movie star.

In late-1971, it was announced that Diana Ross was going to play jazz icon Billie Holiday in a Motown-produced biographical film loosely based on Holiday's autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues. From the moment the film was announced, critics ridiculed Ross throughout the media: Ross and Holiday were miles apart from each other in style and appearance. Ross soldiered on, immersing herself into Holiday's music and life story. Diana actually knew little about Holiday, and wasn't a big fan of jazz in general. She did not attempt to imitate Holiday's voice, instead, Ross focused on adapting Holiday's vocal phrasing. According to a television documentary, Ross studied Holiday's character so well that Motown executive Suzanne de Passe says Gordy told her to "put a little Diana back into it".

Opening in October 1972, Lady Sings the Blues was a phenomenal success, and Ross' performance drew universal rave reviews. The movie co-starred Brian's Song star Billy Dee Williams, who played Holiday's lover, Louis McKay. Also appearing was, in his film debut, comedian and actor Richard Pryor, who played the "Piano Man". In 1973, Ross was nominated for both the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for "Best Actress". Winning a Golden Globe for Best Newcomer, Ross lost the Best Actress Oscar to her friend Liza Minnelli, for her role in Cabaret. The soundtrack album for Lady Sings the Blues went to number-one album on the Billboard 200 for two weeks, and reportedly sold 300,000 copies during its first eight days of release. The soundtrack also garnered accolades for Ross, as critics praised her for "suggesting Billie Holiday" with her delivery and expertly capturing Holiday's intricate phrasing.

A Class Act

In 1971, Ross and Motown labelmate Marvin Gaye had begun an album of duets. The two singers clashed over Gaye's refusal to stop smoking marijuana in the studio to appease Ross, then pregnant with her second child Tracee Ellis Ross. As a result, the duets album, Diana & Marvin, was completed in separate studios in 1972. Upon its 1973 release, Diana & Marvin proved to be a success, with their cover of The Stylistics' "You Are Everything" becoming a Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom.

The Michael Masser-composed ballad, "Touch Me in the Morning", became Ross' second number-one pop single as a solo artist in 1973. A resulting Touch Me in the Morning LP was a Top 10 success in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and the title track earned Ross a second Grammy nomination.

In 1975, Ross again co-starred with Billy Dee Williams in the Motown film Mahogany. The story of an aspiring fashion designer who becomes a runway model and the toast of the industry, Mahogany was a troubled production from early on. The film's original director, Tony Richardson, was fired during production and Berry Gordy assumed the director's chair himself. In addition, Gordy and Ross clashed during filming, with Ross leaving the production before shooting was completed. While a box office hit, the film was not a critical success: Time magazine's review of the film chastised Gordy for "squandering one of America's most natural resources: Diana Ross."[2]

Ross hit number-one on the pop charts twice in 1976 with "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)", and the disco single "Love Hangover". The successes of these singles made her 1976 album, Diana Ross, her fourth LP to reach the Top 10. In 1977, her Broadway one-woman show earned the singer a special Tony Award. That same show was televised as a special on NBC and later released as An Evening with Diana Ross.

That same year, Motown acquired the film rights to the popular Broadway play The Wiz, an African-American reinterpretation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Although teenage Stephanie Mills, a veteran of the play, was originally cast as Dorothy, Diana Ross convinced Universal Pictures producer Rob Cohen to have Ross cast as Dorothy, As a result, the eleven-year old protagonist of the story was altered into a shy twenty-four year old schoolteacher from Harlem, New York. Among Ross' costars in the film were Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, and her former label mate and protégé Michael Jackson from the Jackson 5. Upon its October 1978 release, the film adaptation of The Wiz was a costly commercial and critical failure, and was Ross' final film for Motown. The accompanying soundtrack album, however, sold over 850,000 copies.

Resuming her becalmed singing career in 1979, Ross re-teamed with Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson for the album The Boss, which became Ross' first gold-certified album (Motown sales records before 1977 were not audited by the RIAA, and therefore none of Motown's pre-1977 releases were awarded certifications). In 1980, Ross released her first RIAA platinum-certified disc, "diana," produced by Chic's front men Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. The album included two of Ross' most successful and familiar solo hits, her fifth number-one single, "Upside Down", and the Top 5 single "I'm Coming Out". Diana Ross' most successful studio album to date, peaking at number-two on the Billboard 200 chart for three weeks and selling over 6 million copies in The United States, alone.

Ross scored a Top 10 hit in late 1980 with the theme song to the 1980 film It's My Turn. The following year, she collaborated with former Commodores singer-songwriter Lionel Richie on the theme song for the film Endless Love. The Academy Award-nominated "Endless Love" single became Ross' final hit on Motown Records, and the Number One Record of the year. Feeling that Motown, and in particular Gordy, were keeping her from freely expressing herself, and not according her financial parity, Ross left Motown for $20 million contract to sign with RCA Records, ending her twenty-year tenure with the label. The Ross-RCA deal was the most money ever paid to an artist until Michael Jackson, Madonna, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston all signed bigger deals many years after Ross'. When "Endless Love" hit number-one in 1981, Ross became the first female artist in music history to place six singles at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing Cher's four number-ones, Barbra Streisand's four number-ones, Donna Summer's four number-ones and Olivia Newton-John's four number-ones. "Endless Love" remains the most successful duet in pop history.

Diana Ross' RCA Records debut, the platinum-selling Why Do Fools Fall in Love, was issued in the summer of 1981. The blockbuster album yielded 3 Top 10 hits including the title track "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", a remake of the 1956 Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers classic of the same name, and the smash single "Mirror Mirror".

In 1983, Ross reunited with former Supremes Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong for the television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. The three singers performed their 1969 number-one hit "Someday We'll Be Together", although altercations on stage between Ross and Wilson became an issue during the taping of the special. A four song Supremes set was planned but Ross declined to rehearse with "The Girls" and stated that they would have to be happy just doing "Someday We'll Be Together". Due to the lack of rehearsal, Wilson planned with Birdsong to take a step forward every time Ross did as to not fade into the background. Due to the non-rehearsal, Wilson was not aware of the script set by producer Suzanne DePasse, which did not go over well with Ross. Unknown to Wilson, Ross was to introduce Berry Gordy, however Wilson took it upon herself to do so,.[3] at which point Ross pushed Wilson, pulling Wilson's hand down, while saying "It's been taken care of." Ross then, after fluffing her hair, proceeded to introduce Gordy herself.[4] These incidents were excised from the final edit of the taped special, but still made their way into the news media; People magazine reported that "Ross [did] some elbowing to get Wilson out of the spotlight."[5]

Later that year, Ross held a much-heralded concert in Central Park, the proceeds of which were to go towards building a playground in the singer's name. Fifteen minutes into the show, which was being filmed for Showtime cable television, it began to rain, and as she urged the crowd of 300,000 to safely exit the venue, Ross announced that she would continue the performance the next day. Ross' actions drew praise within the mainstream press. That next day, over 500,000 people came back for one of the largest free concerts in the park's history. However, the second show generated controversy. During and after the concert, informal groups of young men began a rampage through Central Park, assaulting and robbing more than a hundred people. Some of the victims of the attacks subsequently filed law suits against New York City for failing to provide adequate security at the concert; the law suits were eventually settled at a cost of millions of dollars. Although representatives of Diana Ross originally refused to pay anything for the proposed playground, citing a lack of revenue from the concert, the Diana Ross Playground was finally built three years later.[6]

Other hit singles recorded by Ross for RCA included the Grammy nominated "Muscles" (1982), "So Close" (1983), "Pieces of Ice" (1983), "All of You" (1984) "Swept Away" (1984), the #1 R&B smash "Missing You" (1985), "Eaten Alive" (1985) and the UK number-one single, "Chain Reaction" (1986). Hit albums during this period included the gold-certified releases, All The Great Hits , Silk Electric and Swept Away, the latter being the last top forty charted album in Ross' career for two decades. While Ross continued to have success overseas as the 1980s continued, she began to struggle on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1989, after leaving RCA, Diana Ross returned to Motown, where Ross was now both a part-owner and a recording artist.

In 1989, Diana Ross released her first Motown album in eight years, the Nile Rodgers-produced Workin' Overtime. Despite a chart topping R&B hit with the title track, the album failed to find a pop audience in America, as Ross' 1987 RCA release had. Subsequent follow-ups such as 1991's The Force Behind the Power, 1995's Take Me Higher and 1999's Every Day is a New Day produced the same dismal results in the US.

Ross still had success with her latter-day Motown albums and singles in the United Kingdom and Europe, however, scoring Top UK hits with "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" (1991), "One Shining Moment (1992), "Your Love" (1993), "Take me higher" (1995), "I Will Survive" (1996), "In the Ones You Love" (1996) and "Not Over You Yet" (1999), among others. Ross was a halftime performer at Super Bowl XXX in 1996. In 1999, Diana Ross was named the most successful female singer in the history of the United Kingdom charts, based upon a tally of her career hits. Fellow Michigan singer Madonna would eventually beat Ross out as the most successful female artist in the UK. In 2002, Diana Ross and Motown parted ways.

Diana Ross returned to acting in the ABC telefilm, Out of Darkness (1994), in which she played a woman suffering from schizophrenia. Once again, Ross drew critical acclaim for her acting, and scored her third Golden Globe nomination for acting. In 1999, Ross co-starred with young R&B singer Brandy for the ABC television movie Double Platinum playing a singer who neglected her daughter while concentrating on her career.

Current Events

Diana Ross was a presenter at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, held that September. She shocked TV viewers when she touched rapper Lil' Kim's exposed breast, reportedly amazed at the open brashness of the rapper showcasing her body[7] A month after the Lil Kim incident, authorities at London's Heathrow Airport detained Ross for assaulting a female security guard. The singer claimed that she had felt "violated as a woman" by the body search that she was subjected to. In retaliation, she was alleged to have fondled the bust of the female airport security guard. The singer was detained but was later released.[8]

In 2000, Ross announced a Supremes reunion tour, again with former band mates Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong, called Return to Love. Wilson and Birdsong declined the tour because of a reported difference in pay offered to each member: Ross was offered $15 million while Wilson was offered $3 million and Birdsong less than $1 million.[9] They were replaced by latter-day Supremes Lynda Laurence and Scherrie Payne. It should be of note that both Lynda Laurence and Scherrie Payne were members of the Supremes after Diana Ross had left The Supremes...and none of the three women had ever been in the group at the same time. Despite a respectable opening in Philadelphia, the Return to Love tour was canceled after nine dates, because of lackluster ticket sales.

In December 2002, Ross was arrested in Tucson, Arizona for drunk driving. She pled no contest, and later served a two day jail sentence near her home in Greenwich, Connecticut.

In 2005, Diana Ross returned to the charts with a pair of duets. "I Got a Crush on You" was recorded with Rod Stewart for his album The Great American Songbook, and reached number nineteen on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart. Another duet, recorded with Westlife, was a remake of Ross' 1991 number-two UK single, "When You Tell Me You Love Me", and reached number-two in the UK just as the original had.

In 2006, Motown released a shelved Ross album titled Blue, which was a collection of jazz standards recorded after Ross filmed Lady Sings the Blues. Released in June to stellar reviews, Blue peaked at number-two on the jazz albums chart. In August, it was announced that Ross would release a new studio album of classic rock and soul standards on the EMI label Angel Records. The album, titled I Love You, was released on October 2 around the world, and then saw release in North America on January 16, 2007, on the Manhattan Records/EMI label.[11] The new album earned the coveted Hot Shot Debut by Billboard magazine when it bowed at a respectable number thirty-two on the pop albums chart, making it Ross' first top forty US pop album since 1984's Swept Away. Since its release in 2007, EMI Inside reports that I Love You has sold more than 100,000 copies in the USA and 38,000 in the United Kingdom.

In January 2007, Ross appeared on a number of TV shows across the U.S. to promote her new album and began touring in the spring. She also appeared on American Idol as a mentor to the contestants[12] Ross's United States "I Love You" tour has garnered positive reviews,[13] as well as her European tour, which began on May 6, 2007.[14]

At the 2007 BET Awards, Ross was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by singer Alicia Keys and her five children. Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, and Chaka Khan performed a tribute to Ross, covering several of her hits. Later that year, the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors committee which recognizes career excellence, cultural influence and contributions to American culture named Diana Ross as one of the honorees. Past honoree and fellow Motown alumni Smokey Robinson and actor Terence Howard spoke on her behalf at the official ceremony that December, and singers Vanessa Williams, Yolanda Adams, and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks performed in a musical tribute.

In February 2008, Diana Ross was the guest speaker at the Houston-based Brilliant Lecture series, at The Hobby Center, Houston. The lectures are designed to present prolific and influential characters to speak about their life and inspirations. During this lecture, Ross revealed that it was 'unlikely' that she would undertake any further movie projects.

In early May 2008, Diana headlined at New York's Radio City Hall at the 'Divas with Heart' event, which also featured Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan and Patti Labelle.

During the summer of 2008, Diana Ross will be performing at two major events in the UK; the famous Liverpool Pops Festival and the National Trust Summer Festival at Petworth House, East Suss*x. In addition, Diana Ross is also scheduled for a further North America/Canada/European tour throughout the year.

Diana's 1970 album 'Everything Is Everything' (Diana Ross album) is released in the US on April 18 2008 as an Expanded Edition with bonus tracks and alternate versions of the songs. It was also recently announced that a similar, expanded, version of the album 'Surrender' ('I'm Still Waiting' in the UK) be rleased later in 2008.


Top Ten Singles and Albums

The following singles reached the Top Ten on either the United States Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart or the United Kingdom UK Singles chart.

Movies and TV

Awards and Honors


  • Grammy Awards - Best Rhythm & Blues Recording, "Baby Love" (nomination) (with the Supremes)




  • Grammy Awards - Best R&B Female Vocal Performance, "Call Me (I Love You)" (nomination)


  • Golden Globe Awards - Most Promising Newcomer, Female (win)

  • Golden Globe Awards - Best Actress, "Lady Sings the Blues" (nomination)

  • Academy Awards - Best Actress, "Lady Sings the Blues" (nomination)


  • American Music Awards - Favorite Pop/Rock Female Album, Touch Me in the Morning

  • Grammy Awards - Best Pop Female Vocal Performance, "Touch Me in the Morning" (nomination)

  • Bafta Film Awards - Best Actress, "Lady Sings the Blues" (nomination)


  • Grammy Awards - Best Pop Female Vocal Performance, "Do You Know Where You're Going To (Theme from Mahogany)" (nomination)


  • Tony Awards - Best Musical Special, "An Evening With Diana Ross"

  • Grammy Awards - Best R&B Female Vocal Performance, "Love Hangover" (nomination)


  • Grammy Awards - Best R&B Female Vocal Performance, "I Thought It'll Take Me a Lifetime (But Today I Fell in Love)" (nomination)


  • Saturn Awards - Best Actress, "The Wiz" (nomination)


  • American Music Awards - Favorite Rhythm and Blues/Soul Female Artist


  • American Music Awards - Favorite Rhythm and Blues/Soul Single, "Upside Down"

  • Grammy Awards - Best R&B Female Vocal Performance, "Upside Down" (nomination)

  • Cable Ace Awards - General Entertainment (Music)


  • American Music Awards - Favorite Pop/Rock Single, "Endless Love" (with Lionel Richie)

  • American Music Awards - Favorite R&B/Soul Single, "Endless Love" (with Lionel Richie)

  • Grammy Awards - Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, "Endless Love" (with Lionel Richie) (nomination)

  • Grammy Awards - Record of the Year, "Endless Love" (with Lionel Richie) (nomination)


  • Grammy Awards - Best R&B Female Vocal Performance, "Muscles" (nomination)

  • American Music Awards - Favorite Rhythm and Blues/Soul Female Artist


  • Golden Globe Awards - Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, "Out of Darkness" (nomination)


  • TV Land Awards - Most Memorable TV Performance, "1983 Concert in Central Park"


  • NAACP Image Awards - Female Entertainer of the Year


  • Billboard Award - Female Entertainer of the Century


  • Hollywood Walk of Fame - Solo star located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA


  • Guinness Book of World Records - Most Successful Female Singer of All Time


  • Hollywood Walk of Fame - Star with the Supremes located at 7060 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA

  • MIDEM (World Music Market) - Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Soul Train Music Awards - Heritage Award


  • Billboard magazine - Female Entertainer of the Century

  • World Music Awards - Lifetime Achievement Award


  • Songwriter's Hall of Fame - The Hitmaker Award


  • BET Walk of Fame - Star


  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) - Heroes Award


  • UK Capital Awards - Legendary Female Artist

  • National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters - Lifetime Achievement Award


  • BET Music Awards - Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Kennedy Center Honors - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her contributions to entertainment and she got anothr\er award




  • Vocal Group Hall of Fame Induction - as member of the Supremes





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