Diana Ross will receive the American Music Award of Lifetime Achievement at the 2017 American Music Awards, Dick Clark Productions and ABC announced Wednesday (Oct. 18).
The award recognizes artists who have made outstanding contributions to the music industry and popular culture at large, and Ross has certainly accomplished both. She began her illustrious career as the lead singer of The Supremes, who became the best-selling Motown act of the 1960s and remain the one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. The Supremes sent 12 singles to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and helped break down doors for R&B and soul acts in the mainstream.
Ross also enjoyed a decades-long solo career, during which she released several more chart-topping singles, including "Love Hangover" and “Touch Me in the Morning.” She has a long-running relationship with the AMAs, having hosted the show in 1986 and 1987, and presenting the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence to Taylor Swift in 2014. She has also won seven American Music Awards.
“I have endless memories of all the years that I have appeared on the American Music Awards,” Ross says in a statement. “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 nominees for the 2017 American Music Awards were announced last week. Viewers can vote for their favorite artist in each category here. The show will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.