Happy 73rd Birthday “Diana Ross”
Happy birthday to Diana Ross! The enduring “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” singer turns 73 today, and clearly is not slowing down anytime shortly.
The Detroit native rose to fame because the lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes within the ’60s, where her hits like “Where Did Our Love Go,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” and “Someday We will Be Together” became city staples. After scoring 12 No. One hits with the group, Ross went solo in 1969. She not only had a successful career as a solo singer, however inspired countless people through her music, beauty, style, and activism work.
With her long hair, sultry sparkling gowns, and daring eye makeup, Ross influenced many of the fashionable makeup and style trends we see on the red carpet today. Her unapologetic nature taught woman everyplace to be whoever they’re, and it inspired generations of them to go for their dreams.
Numerous celebrities – including Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Solange, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, and more have cited Ross’s influence on their artistry and activism. In Nov 2016, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor for nonmilitary, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the protection or national interest of the U.S, to world peace, or to cultural or different significant public or private endeavors.
“Along with her honey voice and soulful sensibility, Diana exuded glamor and grace and filled stages that helped to shape the sound of Motown,” Barack Obama said while presenting Ross with her medal. “Today, from the hip-hop that samples her, to the youth singers who have been inspired by her, to the audiences that still can’t get enough of her, Diana Ross’s influence is as inescapable as ever.”
The “Queen of Motown” will forever have a legacy that continues to inspire generation after generation with her fearlessness, style, and contribution to art, entertainment, and civil rights.