Legendary singer-songwriter Diana Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the iconic Motown group, the Supremes. The Detroit native later saw astronomical success thanks to several albums across genres, including r&b, soul, pop, and disco. Last year, the industry veteran released her 25th studio album—her first release in 15 years—a dedication project to her fans.
This year the musical icon is nominated for the “Certified Soul Award” along with several industry greats, including Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, PJ Morton, T-Pain, and Ron Isley & The Isley Brothers. All of this year’s nominees have contributed to the soul genre for years, so it’s honestly anyone’s game. However, before we announce this year’s winner check out these classic records from the diva herself, Ms. Diana Ross.
Diana Ross released this heartfelt song in 1984. It was written, composed, and produced by fellow legendary singer Lionel Richie as a tribute to music icon and Motown’s Prince, Marvin Gaye. He was tragically murdered by his father earlier that year. The ballad was built during conversations about Gaye shared by Ross and Richie. It would become Diana’s last major hit on the U.S. Pop singles chart.
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
The musical diva earned her first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart following the release of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” three years after Marvin Gaye and Tammie Terrell famously sang the Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson written number. The song also earned Diana a Grammy nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.”
Diana transforms in this 1976 classic “Love Hangover.” At first, listeners are pulled in by the midtempo, piano-led beat, and Diana’s airy voice before taking fans on a disco ride that could only be heard in an establishment like Studio 54.
The Soul Train Awards 2022 premieres Saturday, November 26 at 8 pm ET/PT on BET and BET Her.