Diana Ross has been a musical icon for decades and last night she chose to turn the Grammy’s into The Diana Ross Show where the awards ceremony was just something to do once she left the stage. But first, before we were treated to Diana’s mountain of talent (and hair) she was introduced by her 9-year-old grandson Raif-Henok Kendrick, the son of Diana’s eldest love child Rhonda Ross and grandson of music mogul Berry Gordy. And let’s just say you can tell he could have taken all of the shine had Diana not been backstage watching him like “Make it quick sonny, MomMom got a show to do!”
Raif-Henok gave an introduction I’m certain he stayed up all night to write by himself. Just kidding, you know Rhonda and Tracee Ellis Ross wrote this shit for him then gave him the stage mom “You better not fuck it up” glare of death from the audience. The Huffington Post reports that Raif-Henok’s speech reminded the world that Diana has been throwing bows at bitches for years to make it to the top and that her success means anyone can achieve anything. And the one thing Diana achieved last night was tricking everyone into believing it was her birthday, which actually isn’t until March 26. However, when you’re Diana Ross if you decided you wanted your new birthday to be celebrated on December 25th even Jesus would step back and say, “You got it boo, I’m not even gonna argue.” Check out the entire performance, including Raif-Henok’s introduction below.
WATCH A TRUE ICONIC LEGEND show the girls how it's been done. Miss DIANA ROSS! pic.twitter.com/r5ut0Vaudx
— Opinionated Me (@opinion8dmecom) February 11, 2019
I love how she started singing the first song and then immediately said, “Fuck the Grammys, IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!”, before commanding everyone to put their hands in the air, chastising them whenever they didn’t do it like, “I said PUT YOUR HANDS UP!” The only thing missing was her holding a belt with the You Better Do What I Say scowl trademarked by all grandmothers. But it didn’t stop there, she also included crowd participation when she floated offstage and commanded people sing along with her, including Jaden Smith who sounded like an off-key frog. By the end of her performance one thing remains clear, Diana Ross owned the Grammys by turning it into an early birthday celebration for her and her alone. And as my personal early birthday present to Diana I’m not going to comment on her vocals today, tomorrow or the next.