Diana Ross Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom (11/22/16)

Diana Ross Presidential Medal of Freedom

I just finished watching the livestream of the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, at which Miss Diana Ross was among 21 recipients honored by President Barack Obama.  The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor the President can bestow upon a civilian, given for “especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”  Other 2016 honorees included Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Redford, Michael Jordon, and Cicely Tyson.

Miss Ross received a loud ovation from the crowd — one of the biggest of the ceremony — and she and President Obama were quite playful as a list of Diana’s accomplishments was read.  Hearing those accomplishments — lifetime achievement Grammy, Oscar nomination, Golden Globe award, and a total of 18 #1 hits — was a reminder of just how much Diana Ross from the Brewster Project of Detroit has achieved.

Diana Ross Medal of Freedom 2It’s a pleasure to see Diana Ross finally being recognized as a trailblazer she is.  As she once famously said, “It took a lifetime to get here” — and what a lifetime it’s been.

Diana Ross Medal of Freedom


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5 Responses to Diana Ross Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom (11/22/16)

  1. pauliebronx says:

    Reblogged this on Pauliebronx's Blog and commented:
    Diana got her award!

  2. Alexis Bryce says:

    Hallelujah, at last! I’ve waited all of my life for Diana to be recognized as the great spirit that I’ve always known her to be! Fantastic singer, actress, entertainer, fashion icon and so much more. This award makes up for all of the disappointments: the Academy Award that she didn’t receive, the Grammys, the Emmys and every other award that was given to others instead of her. Thank you Mr. President!

  3. pnyc1969 says:

    This is a really nice ceremony and I’m so glad it happened under the Obama administration. It’s a great day for Ross fans during a difficult and uncertain period for many of us. I’m not sure, though, how this award shows Diana “finally being recognized” for her musical and cultural significance. She’s been receiving awards her entire career and has been receiving summative “lifetime achievement” type awards for over 20 years. Yes, the Grammy losses are glaring and egregious but she’s definitely been sufficiently and deservedly recognized overall. Let’s hope for more!

    • Paul says:

      Well, I disagree. I believe Diana is still often overlooked in the discussion of African-American trailblazers. She is rarely mentioned as someone who made significant strides during the Civil Rights movement, nor is her (or The Supremes’) music considered as seminal to that movement as the music of her fellow Motown labelmates. The Presidential Medal of Freedom isn’t an award just celebrating good music, it’s honoring her contributions to society. Receiving this honor puts her in are company. To see her recognized in this way is, I think, a nice step forward for her legacy, and will hopefully advance the discussion of her career in a much more positive way.

  4. michael says:

    I think it is a beautiful award for her to win, and no doubt, even more meaningful coming from Barack Obama. I love it, and she looks happy. I am going to try to get to DC for her special concert at the Kennedy Center in a few weeks, as tickets are still available. I think it is going to be a one of a kind concert that I do not want to miss. Trying to work out the details on getting there.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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