Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Diana Ross Receives Supreme Honor

Diana Ross
There isn't much that hasn't been said about Diana Ross in her over 40-year career, but it can be said with certainty that she has not yet been honored by the prestigious Kennedy Center. This December, along with legends from varying backgrounds: Actor/Comedian, Steve Martin; Filmmaker, Martin Scorsese; pianist Leon Fleisher and composer, Brian Wilson; Diana Ross will be awarded what has been considered the artistic equivalent of knighthood in Britain.

To celebrate the achievement, we'll leave you with a moment from Kennedy Center Honoree, Diana 'The Boss' Ross' epic 1983 Central Park Concert.



"The show will not stop!"


This "Endless Love" performance is inarguably one of the greatest concert moments in recent history. A crowd of over 300,000 bore witness as Diana Ross gave new meaning to Singing In The Rain.

10 comments:

Mr. Graham said...

Diana Ross is a true performer. Young singers can learn a lot from this lady.

Tyesha said...

That's cool that she didn't get off the stage when they were trying to make her. I know her fans were eating it up.

lena_the_lovely_lioness said...

fab photo of miss ross. major props on the site, too

Luscious Librarian said...

I love Diana, she is so unapologetically feminine. In the true sense of the word. Strong and glamorous, maternal, angelic and flawed. Looooove her.

Anonymous said...

MS. ROSS IS AN AMAZING ENTERTAINER, SO TALENTED AND REALLY DESERVES THIS HONOR.

Anonymous said...

about time America DIANA ROSS is the greatest entertainer ever give her the credit she so richly deserves

Glenn U.K

Lucy said...

I understand Diana Ross is an amazing entertainer, but I think true dynamism and character comes from being good/successful at what you do as well as also being a good person. It's true that more money, fame, power, truly shows more of who you are. She's always rubbed me the wrong way, especially what went down with the Supremes. She's like the black Barbara Streisand. Ugh! I like her daughter much better, Tracee Ellis Ross. Perhaps she could take a few hints from her.

BelleCheveux said...

she's just wonderful all around

PinqueUrbanite said...

::sniffle::

Are you coming back?

The Cocoa Lounge said...

I can't speak on Diana Ross' character because I haven't had the pleasure of meeting her (yet). But what I will say about her is that, in a historical sense, what Motown, Berry Gordy, Diana Ross, The Supremes and all of those wonderful people in front of and behind the scenes did for music, and relations in America during the 60s (and onward) is immeasurable.

These people were the civil rights movement on wax. They broke barriers with their grace, voice and presence.

As big a diva as Diana Ross is perceived as being could never overshadow the contributions she made to black women's self-esteem, image and (ultimate) acceptance during a turbulent time in America. She, Lena Horne, Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Leslie Uggams, etc, etc, etc all made major contributions and she, perhaps, one of the greatest. If Diana Ross never emerged and continued as a chart-topping solo performer (however she became Supreme-less), the music industry would, more than likely, not have been open to accepting a Donna Summers, Whitney Houston or Beyonce in their time.

I am grateful for what she meant to her generation and ours. She's, simply, a bad mutha...