Diana Ross will receive the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2017 AMAs

By Nicole Sands
October 18, 2017 02:35 PM

Diana Ross will be honored at the 2017 American Music Awards with the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, Dick Clark Productions and ABC announced on Wednesday.

Ross is a seven-time American Music Awards winner and hosted the show in both 1986 and 1987. The award will recognize Ross’ artistic contributions to the entertainment industry and popular culture.

“I have endless memories of all the years that I have appeared on the American Music Awards,” Ross said in a statement. “It started with Dick Clark and The Caravan of Stars and American Bandstand. It was Dick Clark who said, ‘Music is the soundtrack of our lives.’ So true. I am so excited to be receiving this honorable award.”

Diana Ross takes to the runway as she headlines Dennis Basso
Credit: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive/Getty

The Lifetime Achievement Award, which was formerly called the American Music Award of Merit, has been given to a handful of exceptional artists over the years.

The 2017 American Music Awards airs live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.