Icon Diana Ross is headlining the 23rd Annual ESSENCE Festival for the first time.
The supreme entertainer and businesswoman, Ross has continued to be a polarizing figure in the entertainment industry for the duration of her nearly 60-year career. From her modest Detroit beginnings as a founding member of the Primettes (who later became The Supremes) at only 15 years old, to her memorable time as Motown’s leading lady and showstopping performances today, Ross’s unrivaled longevity and signature stage spirit has influenced generations of flourishing young women in multiple music genres.
During recent years, Ross has added to her strapping legacy. She accepted the prominent Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, only one year before she kicked off her three-year-long In The Name Of Love Tour in 2013. The tour spanned numerous countries and finished in August of 2016. In 2014, she was a special guest on NBC’s The Voice, while 2015 saw her secure a residency in Las Vegas. Most recently, “The Boss” was with a handful of influential public figures honored by President Obama with the prestigious Medal of Freedom in November of 2016.
Ross will head up a star-studded performance roster at this year’s ESSENCE Festival that includes Mary J. Blige, Solange, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Master P, India Arie and many more.