Diana Ross is the 16th recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald Award, established in 1999 for our 20th anniversary and conferred in recognition of the versatility, improvisational originality and quality of repertoire of a singer renowned on the international scene. This showbiz icon boasts a career that is a musical odyssey stretching over 50 years, including Motown classics Where Did Our Love Go,Love Child and I Hear a Symphony, dance smashes Love Hangover, Upside Down and Touch Me in the Morning, and jazz in Lady Sings the Blues. Add in 100 million albums sold, eighteen #1 hits, 8 American Music Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award… it’s impossible to imagine a more gold-plated CV! In her first visit to the Festival, the famed singer arrives here as part of her In the Name of Love tour, accompanied by a full 15-piece orchestra.
Diana Ross, In the Name of Love Tour. Opening act: Rhonda Ross.. July 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts (Événements spéciaux TD series).In accepting the prize, Diana Ross will be following previous Ella Fitzgerald prizewinners Holly Cole (2013), Liza Minnelli (2012), Sade (2011), The Manhattan Transfer (2010), John Pizzarelli (2009), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr., (2007), Etta James (2006), Al Jarreau (2005) Tony Bennett (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2003), Dianne Reeves (2002), Diana Krall (2001), Dee Dee Bridgewater (2000) and Diane Schuur (1999).