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President Barack Obama hugs Diana Ross before presenting her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Nov. 22, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik.)

Diana Ross turns 73 on Sunday. Here's why Barack Obama called her influence 'inescapable.'


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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.

The Supremes - Stop In The Name Of Love

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.

The Supremes - Baby Love

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.

Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out

WATCH | As a solo artist, Ross dominated dance charts with club bangers like "Love Hangover," "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out."

The Notorious B.I.G. - "Mo Money Mo Problems"

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."

Diana Ross - Receiving Special Tony Award - 31th Annual Tony Awards 1977

WATCH | She won a special Tony Award in 1977 for her limited-engagement Broadway show, "An Evening With Diana Ross."

Michael Jackson ft. Diana Ross - Ease On Down The Road (The Wiz) - GMJHD

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."

Diana Ross Kennedy Center Honors Tribute P1

WATCH | At Ross' Kennedy Center Honors induction ceremony in 2007, Smokey Robinson addressed her as "Lady Supreme" and an "inspiration."

Diana Ross accepting Lifetime Achievement Award at Special Merit Awards | GRAMMYs

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.

Diana Ross accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom 2016

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."

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