01/08/2019 @ 8:00 pm
Barbara B. Mann
13350 FSW Parkway • Fort Myers
“I’m a dreamer” – Diana Ross
Diana Ross defines icon. A remarkable career spanning over 50 years, Ms Ross
is an international treasure. She is consider the most successful recording artist
and entertainer of all time. President Obama said “she exudes glamour & grace,
her influence is inescapable” as he presented her with a Medal of Freedom
Award, the most prestigious award given to a U.S. citizen.
Beyond the fabled journey and legendary successes, Diana Ross considers her
greatest accomplishment to be that of raising her five children. Seeing them
flourish and becoming successful adults in each of their chosen fields, she remains
the nucleus of a solid family that has expanded and gifted her five beautiful
The dream began as a young girl on the North End section of Detroit. In a city
that she would help to create a cultural movement of racial integration and popular
music call, Motown (a portmanteau of Motor and Town). Her journey has inspired
and empowered countless, celebrities, musicians, artists and young
dreamers. A youthful Oprah Winfrey has said that Ms Ross “represented hope
for me, she was my role model, magical to me.”As the dream became a legacy,
her influence touched music, fashion, stage, film and TV.
Ross’ international achievements were acknowledged by the prestigious
Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC (2007). The honor celebrated her lustrous
career of excellence in music, film, television and theatre, as well as her
cultural influences, humanitarian work and her contributions to American culture.
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences celebrated her remarkable
career with its highest honor, The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Her portrayal of Billie Holliday in the classic film, “Lady Sings the Blues” resulted
in an Oscar nomination and a trophy at the The Golden Globe Awards. Co-starring
as an aspiring designer in the 1975 romantic comedy, Mahogany, Ross felt
the role lent the perfect opportunity to personally sketch and design all the fashion
in the timeless film.
As a stage actress, she won Broadway’s top honor with a Tony Award for her
one-woman show, “An Evening with Diana Ross.” The same show was later
broadcast as a special on television.
From her landmark solo career to the early days as the leader of The Supremes
Diana Ross shaped the sound of popular music, changing the landscape and
paving way to contemporary music.Her voice, described as “honey with soulful sensibility,”
produced 14 Top ten albums,18 #1 songs and music sales exceeding 100 millions units
around the world. The latest in a string of #1s includes a new remix of the 1971 classic,
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 2017” which topped the Billboard Dance Club Chart that year.
In 2017, the American Music Awards presented Ms Ross with the Lifetime
Acheivement Award. In1993, she earned a Guinness World Record for her success
in the United States and United Kingdom by having more hits than any other
female artist on the charts with a career total of 70 hit singles.
Career milestones include induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The
Songwriters Hall of Fame, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Hero
Award, NAACP Entertainer Award, Billboard’s Female Entertainer of the Century
Award, The Soul Train Legend Award, two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
and will received the American Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in November
2017. And Ross is also one of the few celebrities to have two stars on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame.