After a montage of the music legend's best moments, from her time as a Supreme to her role in The Wiz and beyond, Ross herself took the stage for the final performance of the night.
"What do you get when you cross a chart-topping singer, trailblazing style icon, record-breaking pioneer, global superstar, and an all-around boss?" son Evan said, introducing the singer.
Diana Ross has always been a style icon and it looks like she's had a massive impact on her own daughter's style. Her children, grandchildren, and closest loved ones accompanied her even then.
The American Music Awards honored Diana Ross with 2017's Lifetime Achievement Award, which means America was treated to a front row seat as the supreme Supreme performed! "You are elegant and fierce and strong and courageous, and you have paved the way for everyone who does what we do now including me so thank you".
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Imagine Dragons won the first award of the night, for favourite pop or rock group, and singer Dan Reynolds said the U.S. had faced too many divisions in the past year. "Music reaches into your heart, and my mom's voice has been a part of people's lives for a long time", Tracee, who hosted the 2017 AMAs, told People of her famous mother.
She serenaded the crowd with some of her biggest hits, including "I'm Coming Out", "Best Years of My Life", and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
The 27-year-old singer recorded a message to pay tribute to the great Diana Ross, who is the recipient of tonight's Lifetime Achievement Award. "These are my grandbabies!" she declared while dancing with them. "I feel so humbled by this". Kelly Clarkson, whooping it up in the audience, looked especially entertained. I think you know that.
Watch her performance here.