As one of music’s most enduring divas, Diana Ross has many achievements to her name.
The Presidential Medal Of Freedom is the latest and was bestowed upon her yesterday by Barack Obama.
Ross was honored with the award alongside other notable names like Bill Gates and Ellen Degeneres at the White House. The accolade isthe nation’s highest civilian award and recognizes exceptional meritorious service.
With a career spanning over five decades and countless charitable efforts to her name, The Supremes singer is undoubtedly deserving.
As if it’s not enough being home to some of pop’s top crop of stars, from Celine Dion and Shania Twain to Britney Spears and Elton John, now it seems more leading ladies are looking to get in on the action.
Weeks before diva Mariah Careyofficially announced her relocation to “Sin City” for an extensive residency, her nemesis Jennifer Lopez, “The Boss” Miss Diana Ross, Queens of Pop Madonna and Janet Jackson, and more were rumored to at least be considering a sashay down to the Strip.
Now, if newly surfaced reports are to be believed, some of those rumors have become fact. Read more below:
It’s “Girl Groups” week over at our friends at Billboard!
After winning over readers with their celebration of the “biggest girl groups of all time” in February, the “Music Bible” is launching a week-long homage to diva syndicates of past and present.
Always a favorite talking point here at That Grape Juice HQ, we’ve decided to join in the honoring of “girl power” by getting your input on the first of the week’s tributes – ‘top 40 girl group songs of all time’.
Based solely on chart performance on the Hot 100 (and adjusted to weigh changes in music such as digital downloads, streaming, etc.), the likes of Destiny’s Child, SWV, Spice Girls, and more duke it out for top ranking. As expected, fan favorites like TLC and The Supremes dominate the tally with multiple entries, but there are many surprises along the way.
See the R&B dominated list below and tell us: are you surprised?
It is quite literally the biggest show on Earth. Often playing to (present and distant) crowds of 90 million+, the SuperBowl Half-time Show is every year’s must see performance with only an elite group of pop superstar’s able to claim they’ve headlined one.
From pop’s top divas Madonna, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, and Beyonce to pop potentates Michael Jackson and Prince, the Superbowl Half-time show has been graced by its fair share of music royals.
But, is there one that completely takes the crown for ‘best ever’? Billboard seems to think so. In great anticipation for Bruno Mars’ showing tomorrow night, the Music Bible unveiled its top Half-time shows ever. As ever, sparking quite the debate.
With acts like Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, and Jason Derulo hitting the stage to ring in 2014, fans are glued to television sets Stateside to countdown the arrival of the New Year on each of the country’s coasts.
But, before viewers could get a glimpse of the night’s performers, ABC shared a special countdown “30 Greatest Women in Music” to honor and rank their favorite dynamic divas. While the expected entries like Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Barbra Streisand found interesting placements on the tally, it was their younger counterparts (i.e. Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga) whose appearances on the list polarized fans.
Nevertheless, no criteria for the ladies’ ranking has been revealed. So, for those who have yet to see it, cop and gander and tell us your thoughts below:
This Sunday, OWN’s ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter‘ will welcome Patti LaBelle to its home for an interview many across the globe anticipate will be one of her most interesting to date.
Only right then, that Oprah Winfrey unveils teasers from her conversation with the ‘On My Own’ singer, revealing that their time together saw her address her long running feud with ‘Stoney End’ singer Diana Ross.
Indeed, the coveted biopic role has launched many-an-act to stardom in its tenure by bringing to light the real personal lives of celebrated public figures.
Most recently, VH1 has taken the reins in preparation of a TLC biopic and continues to tease fans with snaps from the set of the highly anticipated film (like the one seen here). With many great biopics of yesteryear to live up to, our excitement for the venture leads us to ask you – That Grape Juice faithful:
Shortly before talent-devoid “divas” dominated charts with their brand of EDM or autotune-assisted fly-by-night hits (see: Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and oh na na what’s her name), 2006 saw an assembly of legendary divas gathered to be honored by Queen of Talk Oprah Winfrey.
Indeed, it would take someone with Winfrey’s stature to unify Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and so many other legendary female entertainers and activists (Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, etc) for one worthy cause. Uniting for what was christened ‘The Legends Ball’, living legends lent their talents and stories for a group of distinguished guests including some of today’s top performers (Alicia Keys, Ashanti, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and more).
Despite the absence of noted divas Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, and more, the three-day event (filmed for an ABC special) still won praise from viewers – especially its gospel themed finale.
With gospel hitmaker Bebe Winans at the helms, the ladies kicked off an impromptu “mic toss” where the singers showcased their gifts to the inspirational classic ‘A Wonderful Change’. Press PLAY above to see divas in action who earned the titling from their talent and not fashion accessories (note: no pitching correcting/modifying machines were on site).
Last night saw the airing of TNT’s annual Christmas special ‘Christmas In Washington’. Set in the United States’ capital, previous years have seen some of music’s hottest acts like Aaliyah, Justin Bieber, Ciara, Jojo, and more grace the stage to spread Christmas cheer for the sitting ‘First Family’.
Much to the pleasure of the Obamas, this year saw legend Diana Ross act as headliner as Demi Lovato (‘All I Want For Christmas’), ‘American Idol’ winner Scotty Mcreery, and more take the stage with their own brand of yuletide offerings. Even ‘Gangnam Style’ hitmaker PSY dropped by to perform his top-selling hit.
See the best of the performances from the Conan O’Brien-hosted affair below:
We asked and boy, did you answer. With a whopping total of over 80,000 votes, the faithful fans of Destiny’s Child, SWV, TLC, and more replied in groves to support their favorites in this showdown. One of our best yet, we asked ‘who’s the greatest girl group to ever do it’? In arenas of harmony, influence, and more, you voiced your opinion on who’s who of girl groups.
Sparking quite the debate, did the girl group blueprint The Supremes reign supreme over polls or did the listings see En Vogue victorious?
Without further adieu, the results of the tight race to choose the greatest girl group await:
They may have gone ghost from Pop charts, but still the girl groups of yesterday have provided an irreplaceable soundtrack to most of our lives by ushering in decades of hits. The absence of such would unquestionably place a void on modern Pop music. As emphasized by a previous precis, while charts lay devoid of a diva syndicate, the offerings of The Supremes, Destiny’s Child, and TLC are just a burning reminder of a time when girls really did run the world.
So, in an effort to pay homage and also remind future successors of the big stilettos they have to fill, That Grape Juice has compiled a list of the greatest girl groups to ever grace a stage. And, in constant quest of the thoughts of you – TGJ faithful – we’ve once against requested your input on the matter.
Who’s the greatest girl group to ever it? Was it the sass and class of DC3 or the harmony of En Vogue? The classic style of The Supremes or the crazy, sexy, cool combo of TLC?
It’s a word girl groups of the past, present, and future are well-versed in. Indeed, for many, it’s been the very catalyst for their public imploding (see: Danity Kane), while for others it’s been the exact ingredient for their heightened success (see: Destiny’s Child).
Yet, few narratives can match the length, depth, or span of time covered by the drama surrounding The Supremes.
Formed in the 1950’s with original members Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard, the ladies “story” would go on to become one of the industry’s most controversial.
Characterised by unity, dissent, favouritism, divaism, and death, not to mention an assembly line of members, old feelings were brought to the surface when the surviving members of the original line-up attempted to reform in 2000.
The fall-out played out publicly two episodes of ABC’s 20/20. Check out Mary Wilson and Diana Ross duke it out below…