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Diana Ross turns 73 on Sunday. Here's why Barack Obama called her influence 'inescapable.'by Chris Serico
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WATCH | Celebrating her 73rd birthday this Sunday, Diana Ross was recently honored by Barack Obama for her "inescapable" influence on music and culture. Here are some of the reasons why.

WATCH | Born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross on March 26, 1944, the Detroit native broke big with Motown trio The Supremes, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

WATCH | After scoring a dozen No. 1 hits, including "Baby Love" (featured in this video) and "Where Did Our Love Go," Ross went solo in 1969.

WATCH | As a solo artist, Ross dominated dance charts with club bangers like "Love Hangover," "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out."

WATCH | Those hits were so huge, their samples yielded '90s hip-hop hits for Monica ("The First Night"); MC Lyte, Missy Elliot and Puff Daddy ("Cold Rock a Party"); and The Notorious B.I.G. "Mo Money, Mo Problems"), among others.

WATCH | In 1983, a downpour and massive wind gusts didn't stop Ross from wowing the crowd at her defining concert in Central Park.

WATCH | Acting in just a few projects, Ross has had a major pop culture impact. Early in her acting career, Ross earned an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe for playing Billie Holiday in 1972's "Lady Sings the Blues."

WATCH | She won a special Tony Award in 1977 for her limited-engagement Broadway show, "An Evening With Diana Ross."

WATCH | A year later, she redefined Dorothy (and more than held her own beside Michael Jackson) in the film adaptation of the musical "The Wiz."

WATCH | At Ross' Kennedy Center Honors induction ceremony in 2007, Smokey Robinson addressed her as "Lady Supreme" and an "inspiration."

WATCH | While accepting a lifetime-achievement Grammy in 2012, she declared her children, including 2017 Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis-Ross, her true lifetime achievement.

WATCH | These are among the reasons Obama awarded Diana Ross a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. "From the hip-hop that samples her to the young singers who have been inspired by her to the audiences that still cannot get enough of her," Obama said, "Diana Ross' influence is [as] inescapable as ever."

WATCH | Speaking of iconic singers celebrating a birthday this weekend, here's Circa's tribute to Elton John, who turns 70 on Saturday.