After revealing the nominees last Thursday (October 12) onÂ Good Morning America,Â the AMAs just dropped a very important announcement this morning and we areÂ allÂ for it!
Earlier today, dick clark productions and ABC shared the news thatÂ Diana RossÂ will be honored at this year’s show by receiving theÂ American Music Award for Lifetime AchievementÂ in recognition of her remarkable career and her outstanding artistic contributions to the entertainment industry and pop culture. The network also shared that Ms. Ross will take the stage for a very rare performance in honor of her award.
“I have endless memories of all the years that I have appeared on the American Music Awards,â€ says Ms. Ross. â€œIt started with Dick Clark and The Caravan of Stars and American Bandstand.Â It was Dick Clark who said, â€˜MusicÂ is the soundtrack of our lives.â€™ So true.Â I am so excited to be receiving this honorable award.”
The American Music Award for Lifetime AchievementÂ is only given to artists who have made truly exceptional contributions to the music industry, so this is a big deal for Ms. Ross. Previous honorees include Sting, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Loretta Lynn, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Prince, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Tammy Wynette, so she is definitely in good company!
Ms. Ross is no stranger to the AMAs stage. In addition to attending the very first show in 1974 and leading several show-stopping performances throughout the years – including a star-studded performance of â€œWe Are The Worldâ€ in 1986, she hosted the show in both 1986 and 1987 and was on-hand in 2014 to present the first ever â€œDick Clark Award for Excellenceâ€ to Taylor Swift. She also hasÂ 7 AMAs wins under her belt!
TheÂ 2017 American Music AwardsÂ air LIVE from the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, November 19th @ 8PM ET on ABC. Make sure to continue visiting our website for the latest updates on this year’s AMAs.