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Born March 26, 1944, Diana Ross is esteemed as one of America’s most notable African-American singer.

She grew up in the projects of Detroit, Michigan working at a local department store and attending Cass Technical High School, a four year preparatory magnet school. She got her big launch into her music career when she became the lead singer for The Supremes, one of Motwon Records singing groups in the 1960s. Ross would later leave the group in 1970 to start her solo career and appear in films on Broadway. In 1972, she received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for playing Billie Holiday in the film Lady Sings the Blues. She also won a Golden Globe award for her part in the film. In 1977, she received a Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross.

However, her musical career would eventually outshine her skills on stage. Ross, who was well-known for singles such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Touch Me in the Morning”, had a total of 18 number-one hits and is considered one of the most successful female recording artists of the twentieth century. She has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, won eight American Music Awards, and received twelve Grammy nominations. In 2007, Ross received the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honors Award.

 

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