Diane "Diana" Ernestine Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American twelve-time Grammy and Oscar-nominated singer, record producer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, pop, disco and jazz.
During the 1960s, she helped shape the sound of popular music and the Motown Sound as lead singer of The Supremes before leaving for a solo career in the beginning of 1970.
Since the beginning of her career with The Supremes and as a solo artist, Diana Ross has sold more than 100 million records.
During the 1970s and through the mid 1980s, Ross was the most successful female artist of the rock era, crossing over into film, television and Broadway.
She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her 1972 role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues.
She won a Golden Globe award for Lady Sings the Blues. She won American Music Awards, Garnered twelve Grammy Award nominations, and won a Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross in 1977.
In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the "Female Entertainer of the Century." The Guinness Book Of World Records declared Diana Ross as the most successful female music artist of the 20th century with a total of eighteen American number-one singles: twelve as lead singer of The Supremes and six as a soloist.
Diana Ross was the first female solo artist to score six number-ones.
This feat puts her in a tie for fifth place among solo female artists with the most No. 1s on the Hot 100.
She is also one of the few artists to have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame--one as a solo artist and the other as a member of the trio "The Supremes."
Including her work with the Supremes, Diana Ross has recorded 57 studio albums.