Epic, iconic, legendary, classic. Words that are used all too often, undeservingly awarded to artists who have yet to mark their territory. These words should be used liberally, cautiously chosen to describe the legacy and influence of individuals who not only contribute to the face, sound and history of music, but usher in a new class of wannabes who aspire to carry their torch. When I think of the pioneers who brings these special words to life, Diana Ross is among the sacred list.
With her intoxicating charm, unparalleled glamour, and ravishing stage presence, Ms. Ross has headlined a league of her own since her early days with The Supremes. Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga lead the list of famous singers and performers who have been shaped by the pure brilliance of Diana Ross; through the expression of her influence, these artists strengthen the power of her legacy and invincible place in music history.
Instead of ranting and raving about all of this for another 10 paragraphs, I will cement my argument with footage from Diana Ross’ historic 1983 concert in New York City. Performing for a whopping 800,000 fans, Diana set the stage ablaze with the magic that only she can create. Even when the show was threatened by an uncompromising thunderstorm, doused in rain, Diana remained unintimidated. Gracefully controlling an unruly audience, the singer kept the music going. At this moment, it became clear that there is no storm more ferocious than Miss Diana Ross.