A writer for the Los Angeles Times is putting it out there that Diana Ross receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Grammys is a “make-up” award for all the times they’ve snubbed her in the past.
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Ernest Hardy writes in detail about the issue on their website and believes that Ross, whose been nominated 12 times but has never taken home a Grammy, has been largely under-appreciated throughout her career.
Ross, 67, got her start with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Supremes[/lastfm] in the 1960’s before leaving the group in 1970 to take on a successful solo career.
She was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 as a member of The Supremes and is one of the only people to have 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (one with The Supremes and one as a solo artist).
Her contributions to music, especially Motown and R&B, are unequivocal.
She’s sold over 100 million records worldwide. In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared her as the most successful female artist in music history.
Still, despite all that success, no Grammy Awards.
Los Angeles Times columnist Ernest Hardy interviewed Professor Daphne A. Brooks, a teacher of English and African American Studies at Princeton, about Ross being underrated.
“Black cultural critics [and] white rock critics are trafficking in all sorts of presumptions about black authenticity politics when they dismiss the work of Ms. Ross and the Supremes. In other words, are we limiting our definitions of black culture when we fail to recognize the interracial and multicultural influences that have historically shaped black popular music culture — dating all the way back to the post-bellum Fisk Jubilee Singers? The music of Ms. Ross and the Supremes challenges us to think expansively about the dimensions of black popular music.”
Translation: Ross’ ability to change styles and transcend genres speaks to the potential of many African Americans to be musically multidimensional, which more often than not leads to being undervalued.
Do you agree with this sentiment? Has Diana Ross been undervalued, and under-appreciated throughout her career?
The evidence would lead us all to believe so.
It’s great that The Grammys have finally decided to recognize the legend that is [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Diana Ross[/lastfm]. Only, I feel it’s about 20 years too late.