Profile: Diana Ross


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What's she been up to?

Motown legend and sequin devotee Diana Ross is finally being awarded a Grammy, aged 67. She'll pick up the award for her contribution to music at the forthcoming awards ceremony in February. Even though she's been nominated a number of times over her 50-year career, which spanned from her finding fame in the 1960s with The Supremes to launching her solo career in 1970, she's never won.

She's never won a Grammy?!

Nope. Clearly being the most successful female music artist in history according to the 1993 Guinness Book of Records, selling over 100 million records, and racking up 18 US number one solo records – including Chain Reaction and Ain't No Mountain High Enough, hasn't been enough to win her a gong. But maybe they were just saving it for this lifetime achievement award. She's been named alongside late Apple founder Steve Jobs and hip hop pioneer Gil Scott-Heron for their "brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture", said Grammy President Neil Portnow.

Good for her.

Quite. Especially as the diva's not had the easiest time over the years. She's been in rehab with drink and drug problems, and was also said to be devastated by the death of her close friend Michael Jackson, whose children she's next in line to be guardian of if anything happens to Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson.