The award recognizes artists who have made outstanding contributions to the music industry and popular culture at large, and Ross has certainly accomplished both. She began her illustrious career as the lead singer of The Supremes, who became the best-selling Motown act of the 1960s and remain the one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. The Supremes sent 12 singles to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and helped break down doors for R&B and soul acts in the mainstream.
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).