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Ross and Richie performed the song on the telecast for the 54th Academy Awards, where the song was nominated in the category of "Best Song".

Ross has also ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award-nominated performance for her performance in the film Lady Sings the Blues (1972).

Robinson agreed to bring the Primettes to Motown, in exchange for letting him and the Miracles hire the Primettes' guitarist, Marv Tarplin, for an upcoming tour.

Tarplin played in Robinson's band(s) for the next 30-plus years.

Ross's father moved his children to live with relatives in Bessemer, Alabama.

After her mother recovered, her family moved back to Detroit.

Ross' success as lead singer of the Supremes helped to make it possible for future African-American R&B and soul acts to find mainstream success.

In December 2016, Billboard magazine named her the 50th most successful dance artist of all time.

Ross worked at Hudson's Department Store where it was claimed in biographies, she was the first black employee "allowed outside the kitchen".

At fifteen, Ross joined the Primettes, a sister group of a male vocal group called the Primes, after being brought to the attention of music manager Milton Jenkins by Primes member Paul Williams.

Ballard, allegedly, declined the offer, due to unsavory rumors of the business practices of Motown's founder, Berry Gordy.

Later, following local success via live performances at sock hops, etc., Ross approached former neighbor (and rumored childhood former boyfriend), William "Smokey" Robinson, who insisted that the group audition for him first.

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