WATCH | Celebrating her 73rd birthday this Sunday, Diana Ross was recently honored by Barack Obama for her "inescapable" influence on music and culture. Here are some of the reasons why.
WATCH | Born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross on March 26, 1944, the Detroit native broke big with Motown trio The Supremes, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
WATCH | After scoring a dozen No. 1 hits, including "Baby Love" (featured in this video) and "Where Did Our Love Go," Ross went solo in 1969.
WATCH | As a solo artist, Ross dominated dance charts with club bangers like "Love Hangover," "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out."
WATCH | Those hits were so huge, their samples yielded '90s hip-hop hits for Monica ("The First Night"); MC Lyte, Missy Elliot and Puff Daddy ("Cold Rock a Party"); and The Notorious B.I.G. "Mo Money, Mo Problems"), among others.
WATCH | In 1983, a downpour and massive wind gusts didn't stop Ross from wowing the crowd at her defining concert in Central Park.
WATCH | Acting in just a few projects, Ross has had a major pop culture impact. Early in her acting career, Ross earned an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe for playing Billie Holiday in 1972's "Lady Sings the Blues."
WATCH | She won a special Tony Award in 1977 for her limited-engagement Broadway show, "An Evening With Diana Ross."
WATCH | A year later, she redefined Dorothy (and more than held her own beside Michael Jackson) in the film adaptation of the musical "The Wiz."
WATCH | At Ross' Kennedy Center Honors induction ceremony in 2007, Smokey Robinson addressed her as "Lady Supreme" and an "inspiration."
WATCH | While accepting a lifetime-achievement Grammy in 2012, she declared her children, including 2017 Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis-Ross, her true lifetime achievement.
WATCH | These are among the reasons Obama awarded Diana Ross a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. "From the hip-hop that samples her to the young singers who have been inspired by her to the audiences that still cannot get enough of her," Obama said, "Diana Ross' influence is [as] inescapable as ever."
WATCH | Speaking of iconic singers celebrating a birthday this weekend, here's Circa's tribute to Elton John, who turns 70 on Saturday.