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Though host Tracee Ellis Ross joked about the size of DJ Khaled's entourage, it was her mom Diana Ross who brought quite the crew to Sunday night's American Music Awards in L.A. The Lifetime Achievement Award honoree came to the event with all five of her children — Tracee, 45, Chudney Ross, 42, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, 46, Ross Naess, 30 and Evan Ross, 29 — plus their significant others and young children. Also in tow: good pal Smokey Robinson and Motown founder and ex Berry Gordy.
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The singer with son Ross Naess and his son Leif, 17 months.
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With granddaughter Jagger Snow, 2, whose parents are Evan Ross and wife Ashlee Simpson Ross.
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The entire fam, from left to right: Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Chudney Ross and daughter Callaway Lane, 5, Evan Ross and daughter Jagger Snow, Diana Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Rhonda's son Raif-Henok, 8, Ross Naess and son Leif and Bronx Wentz (Evan's stepson), 9. Rhonda's father is Berry Gordy; Chudney and Tracee's is ex-husband Robert Ellis Silberstein; Ross and Evan's is ex-husband Arne Naess, Jr.
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During her performance, Ross's grandchildren — including Bronx, Raif-Henok and Callaway — joined her on stage.
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The rest of the crew came up, too, to present Diana with her award. Daughter Rhonda took the mic with a moving speech, though told PEOPLE before the AMAs began that Ross was an amazing mom. "We were raised by a woman who loved us. Who put us first. We were her priority," she said. "Her world revolved around us despite the fact that she had this incredible career … we never felt that we were in competition with it."
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"We love each other as a family," Rhonda continued in her PEOPLE chat. "We spend holidays together now as adult families with our own kids and our own spouses, we come together for the holidays. We come together for things like this to celebrate each other."
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In her tearful acceptance speech, Diana said, “This is all about love, This is my family and I’m sending love out there to each and everyone one of you — our global family. I’m so humbled. I love you so very much and I think you know that. I really, really love you so very much and I will hold onto this beautiful honor. Thank you.”
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“She’s a bit of an international treasure in my opinion," Tracee told PEOPLE ahead of the AMAs. “I’m excited that a younger generation gets to witness that, even just through the television screen. Also I think it’s a really extraordinary thing to honor somebody who’s had such an everlasting career, whose music has touched lives in such a poignant and special way. Music reaches into your heart, and my mom’s voice has been a part of people’s lives for a long time.”
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Host Tracee let nephew Raif-Henok close the show for the evening, as Diana looked on with a smile.
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