If anyone can threaten to upstage an icon, it's an adorable child. So, when Diana Ross brought several wee ones onstage during her performance at the American Music Awards on November 19, it was a risky proposition. Still, the 73-year-old — who took home the night's Lifetime Achievement Award — managed to win over the entire crowd with her rousing medley of classic hits. And when Diana brought her grandchildren and extended family onstage to share in the big moment with her, it made the performance that much more unforgettable.
The reunion happened at the end of the award show's broadcast, but the entire evening was a family affair for Diana. When the icon hit the red carpet, she had her whole squad in tow. Everyone from her son Evan Ross to his wife Ashlee Simpson to their children and Diana's friends Smokey Robinson and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy accompanied the legend on the carpet.
The family moments didn't stop there: Diana's daughter Tracee Ellis Ross, hosted the evening's ceremonies. The Black-ish actress couldn't have been more excited to celebrate her famous mom, and told People: "[Diana Ross] is a bit of an international treasure in my opinion. 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.”
We couldn't agree more. And, for the record, we're still humming "Ease on Down the Road" after watching the icon's performance.