WATCH: MOTOWN LEGEND DIANA ROSS RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF HONOR

Posted on December 2, 2016

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Joining a star-studded group, Diana Ross — who grew up in public housing in Detroit and went on to become a star of stage and screen and the voice of Motown — received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, at the White House last week.

President Barack Obama, introducing Ross before the award was given, credited her with making music history with the Supremes and throughout her career, saying she “exuded glamour and grace” and earned “a permanent place in the American soundtrack.”
Diana Ross’ influence is as inescapable as ever,” Obama said as Ross joined a group of luminaries receiving the award that included basketball stars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan, actors Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Cicely Tyson, comedian Ellen DeGeneres and rock star Bruce Springsteen.