Diana Ross is an American singer and actress. During the 1960s, she helped shape the Motown sound as lead singer of The Supremes, before leaving the group for a solo career on January 14, 1970. Since the beginning of her career with The Supremes and as a solo artist, Ross has sold more than 100 million records. In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the "Female Entertainer of the Century." In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Diana Ross the most successful female music artist in history with a total of 18 American number-one singles: 12 as lead singer of The Supremes and six as a soloist. Ross was the first female solo artist to score six number-ones. This feat puts her in a tie for fifth place among solo female artists with the most number-ones on the Hot 100. She is also one of the few recording 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. In December 2007, she received a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honors Award. Including her work with The Supremes, Ross has released 67 albums. Tickets for upcoming Diana Ross concerts available below.
About Diana Ross
Following successful European and American tours in 2004, Diana Ross returned to the Billboard music charts with two duets in 2005. “I’ve Got a Crush on You”, recorded with Rod Stewart for his album The Great American Songbook, reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart. The second, recorded with Westlife, was a remake of Ross’s 1991 number-2 UK single, “When You Tell Me You Love Me”, and reached number 2 in the UK, just as the original had, and number 1 in Ireland.
In June 2006, Motown released the shelved Blue album, which peaked at number 2 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart. Ross’ new studio album, I Love You, was released worldwide on October 2, 2006 and January 16, 2007, in North America, on the Manhattan Records/EMI label. The new album earned the coveted Hot Shot Debut by Billboard magazine when it debuted at #32 on Billboard’s Hot100 pop albums chart and #16 on its R&B chart, making it Ross’s 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 622,000 copies worldwide.
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. During her acceptance speech, she lambasted the declining level of professional standards among the younger generation’s musicians, as well as their overabundant use of vulgarity and profanity to garner press attention and record sales. 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 its honorees. Past honoree and fellow Motown alumni Smokey Robinson and actor Terrence Howard spoke on her behalf at the official ceremony that December, and singers Ciara, Vanessa L. Williams, Yolanda Adams and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks performed musical tributes.
In February 2008, Ross was 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 her lecture Ross stated that it is “unlikely” that she would undertake any further movie projects.
In May 2008, Ross headlined at New York’s Radio City Music Hall at the ‘Divas with Heart’ event, which also featured fellow R&B legends Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle. The following month she was a headliner at the City Stages music festival in Birmingham, AL, next to The Flaming Lips. The New York Times said about the duo, “the most incongruous headliners at an outdoor urban concert series, with the once-in-a-lifetime-at-most combination of Diana Ross and the Flaming Lips. Something for everyone, surely.” She performed at two major events in the UK in July 2008: the famous Liverpool Pops Festival and the National Trust Summer Festival at Petworth House, West Sussex.
Ross’s 1970 album Everything Is Everything was released in the United States for the first time on CD on April 18, 2008, as an expanded edition with bonus tracks and alternate versions of the songs. On December 9, 2008, the expanded edition of her third solo album, Surrender, was released.
In early December 2008, Motown announced the result of an international poll of the greatest Motown recordings. The winner, worldwide, was Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” while Ross’s version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was No. 2. This track was the top choice by British voters. The poll determined the track listing for a Motown fiftieth anniversary album released in December. A significant number of Supremes and Diana Ross songs finished in the top 50 of the poll, requiring the elimination of some of these songs from the final track listing to prevent an unbalanced track selection.
On October 16–17, 2009, Diana Ross headlined the annual Dutch concert event, “Symphonica in Rosso”, in the 34,000-seat Gelredome Stadium, in Arnhem. She was accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra. Each night was attended by 20,000 audience members.
In January 2010, Motown released the extended version of the classic Touch Me In the Morning album, including tracks from the previously unreleased For The Baby album.
In January 2010, it was reported that Ross was teaming up with shoe designer Steve Madden to launch a range of designer sneakers to be available through the Foot Locker retail company. Madden later explained that this story was not true; he mentioned Ross in an interview noting her as a style icon and the interviewer misinterpreted his answer. Tickets for upcoming Diana Ross concerts available above.