July 3, 2014 8:30 pm

Diana Ross receives Ella Fitzgerald Award at Montreal jazz fest

TORONTO — Motown legend Diana Ross is being honoured Thursday in Montreal with the Ella Fitzgerald Award in recognition of her contribution to contemporary jazz vocals.

Ross is scheduled to accept the award at Place des Arts following her concert in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.

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Ross is the 16th recipient of the award, which was created in 1999 for the 20th anniversary of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Previous winners include Liza Minnelli, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall.

Ross, 70, has performed for more than five decades. Her hits include “Upside Down”, “Love Child” and “Touch Me in the Morning.”

Ross performs again Friday night with a 15-piece orchestra and opening act Rhonda Ross, the 42-year-old daughter of Ross and Motown founder Berry Gordy.

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