Diana Ross was already getting a star-studded celebration of her legacy receiving the lifetime achievement award at the 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday night (Nov. 19) in Los Angeles, but some kind words from Barack and Michelle Obama really were the icing on the cake.
Following a sweet surprise message from Taylor Swift earlier in the show, the Obamas made a video appearance just before Ross took the stage to sing a medley of her biggest hits. Sitting together in a 30-second tribute clip, the Obamas gushed over their love for Diana and her music.
“People from the ages of 8 to 80 know every word to Diana Ross’ songs and her artistry resonates with folks of every race, background and walk of life,” Michelle said. “And today her voice is still as pure, her beauty is undeniable and her showmanship is on point as back when she was a Supreme.”
Barack added that they still listen to Diana around the house, which is why he gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year. “But, this is a big deal too,” he said with a smile.
“Diana Ross, congratulations,” Michelle concluded, “and we love you.”
Watch the Obamas’ message for Ross below.