The 2017 AMAs started on a serious note, with a heartfelt tribute to heroic first responders聽who have dealt with numerous tragedies throughout the year, but they聽ended on a joyous聽one. Diana Ross was this year鈥檚 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and聽the whole presentation 鈥 from her video tribute, to her performance, to her acceptance speech 鈥 was exactly the uplifting moment we all needed in 2017.

Throughout the night,聽people such as Taylor Swift and聽Barack and Michelle Obama appeared in video testimonials honoring the R&B icon. Immediately preceding her performance, an inspiring montage of some of her most memorable moments from the 鈥60s through today played out like a history lesson in how to be the best.

Ross then took the stage to perform a medley of some of her most recognizable hits. From 鈥淎in鈥檛 No Mountain High Enough鈥 to 鈥淚鈥檓 Coming Out鈥 to 鈥淓ase on Down the Road鈥 and more, Ross proved聽just how vital a cultural force she remains to this day.

The Supremes singer鈥檚 daughter,聽Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, just so happened to be tonight鈥檚 AMAs host, but she wasn鈥檛 the only family member on hand: Toward the end of her medley, Ross called聽all of her young grandchildren on stage to dance out the last number, creating a moment so genuinely sweet that it was聽too cute for words. When it came time for her acceptance speech, she called up her children, as well as old friends and colleagues, such as Motown star Smokey Robinson, to join her as well.

鈥淲ith no apology and all of your power, with integrity, grace, and generosity, you blazed a way,鈥 Ross鈥 daughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick聽said when presenting her mother with the award. 鈥淣ot just for us, your children, not just for women, not just for black folk or singers or performers or entrepreneurs, but for all of us!鈥

Ross closed her speech by reminding viewers it was 鈥渁ll about love.鈥 Congrats on an honor well deserved.

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