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Motown legend Diana Ross to be honored with the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement

Miss Diana Ross will be honored at the “2017 American Music Awards” with the “American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement,” in recognition of her remarkable career and her outstanding artistic contributions to the entertainment industry and popular culture.

I like this because Miss Ross is not always given her due.

She had never won Grammy Award, for example, before getting a Grammy Legend award and even that wasn’t presented on the Grammy telecast.

But the American Music Awards is going to do right by Miss Ross who has won seven AMAs and hosted the show several times in the 80s.

This year, the legendary singer will take the stage for a rare performance during the live broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 8:00pm ET on ABC.

“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,” formerly the “American Music Award of Merit”, is only given to artists who have made truly exceptional contributions to the music industry. The award was last given in 2016 to Sting. Additional previous honorees include 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.

Another icon who is rarely given her due by the industry is Cher. I nominate Cher for next year’s award, a Grammy Legend award and the Kennedy Center Honors. And, for God’s sake, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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