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Diana Ross Wishes Herself a Happy 75th Birthday

In an enormous and flowing red dress, the Motown star made an appearance at the 61st Grammy Awards as the music industry celebrated itself

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Iconic singer Diana Ross was introduced on Sunday night by none other than her nine-year-old grandson — who adorably paved the way for his “grandmommy, Diana Ross.”

The boy was a sweet surprise, to be sure.

He delighted most of the people in the audience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, from the looks of it.

But the audience on Sunday night was then treated to an almost embarrassingly over-the-top and self-involved celebration of the singer as she sang some of her biggest hits.

People on Twitter almost immediately pointed out that at the end of her performance, she said, “Happy birthday to me!”

She turns 75 this year in five weeks — on March 26. (Guess that’s close enough …)

The star, as so many people know, came of age in Detroit, Michigan, began singing with friends as a teen, and eventually led the 1960s trio the Supremes, who had such hits as “Come See About Me” and “You Can’t Hurry Love.”

And yes, Berry Gordy — the founder of Motown — was shown in the audience on Sunday night.

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Ross began her solo career in the late ’60s, reaching No. 1 with such hits as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Love Hangover.”

She also earned an Oscar nomination for her role in “Lady Sings the Blues.”

With the exception of a  few standout performances on Sunday night — especially by the legendary Dolly Parton — the Grammy Awards felt like one big giant “aren’t we great” congratulatory hug by the industry, for the industry, as is typical of these all-too-frequent awards shows that have little or nothing to do with the lives of most everyday Americans (the people who buy the music, by the way).

And to see the speech that former first lady Michelle Obama made early on in the evening when host Alicia Keys shamelessly introduced her, check out this video:

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