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Diana Ross to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Diana Ross is a true legend.

On Wednesday, the White House announced its list for this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Ross is among the 21 receiving the nation’s highest civilian award.

President Barack Obama will honor individuals who have made especially admirable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors during a ceremony on November 22 at the White House.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor — it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better,” President Obama said in a statement. “From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”

With an astounding career spanning more than 50 years in the entertainment industry in music, film, television, theater and fashion, the Academy Award nominee and mother of five is deservedly in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the Grammy Awards highest honor — the Lifetime Achievement Award — as well as the recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors.

Other notables on this year’s list include Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jordan and many more.

This event will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live.