After a watching a bevy of performers take center-stage at the 2017 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (Nov. 19), legendary singer Diana Ross closed the night out with a flavorful set.
Before gracing the stage, her son, actor Evan Ross, showered the “Mahogany” singer with a slew of compliments regarding her famed career. Then a montage showcased Ross’ accomplishments, including her performance at Super Bowl XXX, performing “Endless Love” with Lionel Richie at the 1982 Academy Awards and sharing the stage with a young Michael Jackson in the 1980s.
Once the montage ended, the vivacious singer strutted her way onto the stage in a puffy purple dress and performed “I’m Coming Out.” Settling onstage, Ross kept the party going and segued into “Take Me Higher,” powering through the song and encouraging the crowd to dance away to more of her classic tunes.
After completing “Ease on Down the Road” from The Wiz, Ross thanked her devotees for their unwavering support. “You are everything to me,” she said before slowing down to perform “Best Years of My Life.” As she eased her way into her final number, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Evan Ross brought along some of his mother’s grandkids to support her onstage.
Diana Ross beamed with joy at her family’s support, as her grandchildren began dancing feverishly, showcasing some of their best moves. Once her set concluded, a “humbled” Diana Ross watched her family walk onto the stage to present her with the lifetime achievement award that capped the show.
“With integrity, grace and generosity you’ve blazed a way,” said Rhonda Ross-Kendrick, the singer’s daughter, before allowing her mother to thank her all avid supporters.