| May 30, 2016 | Culture
Music royalty Diana Ross tops a legendary lineup at the JAS June festival.
Diva divine! Over her nearly 60-year career, Queen of Motown Diana Ross has tallied 31 Top 10 singles and 14 Top 10 albums, selling over 100 million units around the globe.
Motown legend Diana Ross will be headlining one of the greatest Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festivals in the nonprofit’s 25-year history—the lineup includes Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Smokey Robinson and nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow—when she takes the Benedict Music Tent stage on Friday, June 24. And while, incredibly, the “Stop! In the Name of Love” songstress has never won a Grammy, she has earned the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has amassed an astonishing 18 number-one hits over her nearly six-decade career, among myriad other accolades.
For her first show in the valley, Ross will regale the 2,055-person venue with songs that span her entire oeuvre. “I named the show The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade,” Ross says, “so that the audience and my band and I can take a musical journey of memories.”
Aspen audiences should expect to hear Ross’s appropriately titled “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” the star shares, as it’s one of her favorite songs to perform: “I love songs that have very positive energy and thought behind them, and performing it in the mountains will be even more special.” Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival, June 24