Sunday, July 21, 2024

The Very Supreme Diana Ross Will Add Some Superstar Glamour as Special Performer on This Year’s Grammy Awards


Superstar singer Diana Ross will be the special diamond performer on the Grammy Awards next month, says producer Ken Ehrlich.

Diana, who turns 75 in March, is still a huge touring act and one of our greatest performers. She once fronted The Supremes, featuring Mary Wilson, who I just saw at the Aretha Franklin memorial concert TV tribute taping.

Ross has been on our TV screens since The Supremes made their debut on Ed Sullivan way back in 1964. At one point, The Supremes were neck-and-neck with the Beatles on the singles charts.

No word yet on what Diana will sing, but the co-songwriter of one of her biggest hits– Valerie Simpson, of Ashford and Simpson fame– will bne in the audience. Valerie and late husband Nik Ashford wrote “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” which Diana covered in 1970. The songwriters are receiving one of the Special Merit Lifetime Achievement Awards this year along with Sam Moore, Dionne Warwick, and a few others.

Knowing Ken Ehrlich’s talent for setting up cool moments on The Grammys, I’ll bet he gets Diana’s award winning actress daughter Tracee Ellis Ross to introduce her.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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