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Diana Ross Will Receive the “Lifetime Achievement” Award at the 2017 AMAs

The music legend has also been confirmed to perform at the ceremony.

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After revealing the nominees last Thursday (October 12) on Good Morning America, the AMAs just dropped a very important announcement this morning and we are all for it!

Earlier today, dick clark productions and ABC shared the news that Diana Ross will be honored at this year’s show by receiving the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement 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,” says Ms. Ross. “It started with Dick Clark and The Caravan of Stars and American Bandstand.  It was Dick Clark who said, ‘Music is the soundtrack of our lives.’ So true. I am so excited to be receiving this honorable award.”

The American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement 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 “We Are The World” in 1986, she hosted the show in both 1986 and 1987 and was on-hand in 2014 to present the first ever “Dick Clark Award for Excellence” to Taylor Swift. She also has 7 AMAs wins under her belt!

The 2017 American Music Awards 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.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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