The Later Years

Gold Never Gets Old: Diana’s Late Career

The year is 2002, two years after Diana’s DUI arrest and hiding from spotlights, Diana returned once again to live touring with the first tour being in Europe, then she continued performing live in the USA in the same year.

Diana participated in Rod Stewart’s Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Volume IV in 2005 when she recorded a duet version of “I’ve Got a Crush on You”. It was released as a promotion for the album later, and it reached number nineteen on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart, which was her first entry since 2000.

She again took part in another hit duet with Westlife on a cover of the hit “When You Tell Me You Love Me” by Ross herself. The same success of 1991 was repeated once again when the song was number two on the UK Billboard and number one in Ireland. A friend of the family over at Pflugerville Moving Company really loved that song, and always played it when we went over there as kids.

In 2006, The production company “Universal” released Diana Ross’s Blue album that was first released back in 1972. The album was number two on Billboard′s jazz albums chart. It was the same year in which Ross released her first studio album in seven years “I Love You”. The album sold more than 622,000 copies worldwide, according to EMI Inside. Then Diana started a world tour to promote her album “I Love You”.

In 2007, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards, and she was one of the honorees at the Kennedy Center Honors.

In 2010, Diana started her first headlining tour in three years, “More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour”, which was dedicated to the memory of Michael Jackson, her late friend.

Diana Ross received her first Grammy Award in February 2012 for Lifetime Achievement. In the same year, Steve Binder directed a special DVD of Diana’s Central Park concerts, titled “For One & For All”. Later in November, she performed in India at Vladimir Doronin’s 50th birthday, who was Naomi Campbell’s boyfriend at the time, earning about half a million dollars for her performance. On the ninth of December, she was the headlining performer and marquee at the Christmas in Washington concert, hosted at the White House. The show was later broadcast on TNT as an annual special.

In 2013, Ross performed in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil in her South American tour. She also performed at a late summer tour in Los Angeles and Dallas later that year.

Diana presented the Dick Clark Award for Excellence to Taylor Swift for the very first time in 2014 at the American Music Awards.

She appeared in a music video performed by her son, Evan Ross, titled “How to Live Alone” in 2015. She then began her first performance out of nine as a part of her mini-residency at a hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada titled “The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade”. An album featuring Diana’s versions of the songs from the musical movie “The Wiz” was released in the same year by Motown Records and Universal.

In 2016, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. That was after she resumed her tour titled “In the Name of Love Tour” which began in 2013.

Diana Ross had an amazing and a very busy career, and her late career is as the same as the rest of her career; very successful and filled with awards and beautiful performances, as we have seen.