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Hot Shots: Diana Ross Receives Presidential Medal Of Freedom From Barack Obama

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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 is the 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.

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Report: Diana Ross & Janet Jackson Confirmed For Respective Vegas Runs?

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Las Vegas is soon to be R&B diva central!

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 Carey officially 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:

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Weigh In: Billboard Unveils ‘Top 40 Girl Group Songs Of All Time’ / Are You Surprised?

TLC, Destiny’s Child, The Supremes, and more battle for the top spot…

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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?

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Weigh In: Billboard Ranks ‘Best Superbowl Half-Time Shows Ever’

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.

See the list below and weigh in?

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Weigh In: “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents: The 30 Greatest Women in Music”

The annual “Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve festivity is happening as we speak on ABC.

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:

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Patti LaBelle Addresses Diana Ross Feud On ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’

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.

What she said on the supposed drama?

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Vote: The Best of Music Biopics

(From left to right:  Beyonce as Etta James,  Angela Bassett as Tina Turner, Jennifer Lopez as Selena)

 

Usher, Justin Timberlake, Nina Simone, and Marvin Gaye are just some of the many known names in music who will see themselves involved to some capacity in a biopic this year. 

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:

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