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Miss Ross Booed in Jamaica, Mon

1/28/2008 6:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Oh, the diva has gone and done it this time!


Diana Ross pissed off a crowd of 40,000 at the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, where Miss Thing, 63, was booed and heckled by Jamaicans attending the festival in Montego Bay -- after organizers told them that "to honor Miss Ross' wishes, she will not be shown on the monitors." That news was greeted with widespread hissing. Oh no she didn't!

Patrons in the stadium-sized arena were unable to see the diva onstage, so they called for organizers to put her performance up on the big screen. "It was at the eleventh hour that her manager said she wouldn't allow us to IMAG (In Vivo Imaging) her performance," said a concert promoter, "and, if any cameras were present, she would not go on stage."

Hisses turned to full-out boos when Ross started her set with Supremes hits -- and the crowd beyond the first section couldn't see her -- and the booing continued throughout her set.

No Makeup -- Click to LaunchFestival spokesperson Carlette DeLeon issued a statement Sunday blaming Ross for upsetting the Jamaica crowd, saying, "The much anticipated performance of Diana Ross on Saturday proved somewhat disappointing to many patrons who expected a very interactive set. Miss Ross' request to have a restricted display of her performance however, inconvenienced patrons who were left feeling distanced from the stage and her performance."

Attendees paid from $80 to $307 to watch Ross -- who was reportedly paid $300,000 for the gig -- perform the hour-long set with fellow headliners Mary Mary, Billy Ocean and KoKo Taylor.
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91.

honeycone71    

What a mighty attitude from someone who screwed her way to the top. Forget being a true diva, she's just a plain bitch!

2397 days ago
92.

Tina    

Well isnt Diana special. She hasnt had a hit in years. She still sings the same songs she sang 40 years ago. She needs to get over herself and refund the money to the people who paid to see her.

2397 days ago
93.

DARK MEAT ONLY    

Why is it usually black women celebrities who displays immature, ungrateful attitudes? People like Star Jones, Naomi Campbell, Foxy Brown, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Eve, Lil Kim, Omarosa, and Grace Jones. Just wondering/

2397 days ago
94.

Really now    

I have but a simple message for Mz Ross: I was an ardent fan, bought all your records and cd's, even sponsored radio features on you, but you have lost my support forever. Perhaps this is meaningless to you as you continue to destroy a legacy and a fan base that took you a lifetime to build but thanks for the memories Mz Ross. The music, particularly with the Supremes was good, its just a shame that your total lack of decorum has now tainted that image at least in Jamaica forever. Its highly unlikely you will ever be invited to perform in Jamaica again and if your attitude persists soon no one anywhere, will be willing to endure an ego-centric Mz Ross and you will simply fade into oblivion.

2397 days ago
95.

tia long    

Years ago, when I was with a company that did birthday parties for kids, the help was not allowd to "look" at her, and
now, WHO WANTS TO!!!

2396 days ago
96.

West    

Though not a fan of her music, Ross is correct to dictate what is and what is not on her stage.
Her comfort is what matters, she is the singer. The promoter showed no respect for music itself.
These people who booed did not want music or a concert, they wanted a show.
Can't feel sorry for anyone who paid $307 a ticket, the price means nothing to them.

2396 days ago
97.

edwin    

Mary Wilson should have been booked for this gig,she would have had Jamaica on it's feet with a real high engery show.
Wake up world ,give Ms Wilson her RESPECT

2396 days ago
98.

Andy    

It is a Jamaican tradition to stone the person on stage that does not deliver and have such contempt for the paying fans. I can not for the life of me understand why this did not happen, yard people yu let mi down.

2396 days ago
99.

seph    

I FELT PERSONALLY DISRESPECTED AND SO DID MOST OF MY COUNTRYMAN AND VISITORS. HOW DARE THAT " WITCH OF ROSE HALL"
IF I THOUGHT THAT SHE WAS HUMBLE ENOUGH TO READ THIS BLOG, I WOULD SAY MY PIECE BUT SINCE SHE WILL NOT BE SEEING THIS; MAY I JUST SAY TO YOU - DO NOT EVER ALLOW THIS YESTERDAY WANABE TO INSUKT YOU. DO NOT EVER GO TO SEE HER AND JOIN ME IN NOT EVER LISTENNING TO HER MUSIC AGAIN.

THAT WILL MAKE SOME SPACE FOR JILL SCOTTS CDS WHICH WLL NOW BE IN MY COLLECTION.

2396 days ago
100.

Porgie    

Porgie again I missed a very important piece of info she was staying at this Villa in Jamaica and she told her guards to let the people in the villa next to her that she would not be signing any autographs and did not wanted to be disturbed. They sent a message back telling her they did not know that she was even staying there and informed them to tell her that she did not want to be disturbed by her again. Now was she not only bringing attention to herself.

2396 days ago
101.

Deppendent1    

I never thought she could sing. She was just skinny. she really mistreated her co-Supremes. And BTW its called "retirement"
and she should go and stay in it.

2396 days ago
102.

Porgie    

Diana ovbiously forgot that she came out of the projects of Detroit and should remember that people out at that Festival came to see her with a good heart, only to be slammed by her not wanting to be put on screen. We also flew to Jamaica and spent thousands of dollars on hotel and transportation for this festival, I can only hope that the promotors make it up to the people of Jamaica next year for the dissappointment that was presented to them this year. As I blame them, this had to be a part of her contract prior to all this I don't believe for one minute that she made this demand 24 hours prior to her appearing on stage BS. Another point to #77 Rickie's comment, Billy Ocean was the highlight of the night if you were present you would have understood why. If Billy Ocean had come on stage before Diana everyone would have walked out on her. Some people were walking with their chairs from 4:30pm hoping to get good seats for her show and she pulls this crap, shame on you. Diva my a**

2396 days ago
103.

KAT    

USED UP, NO TALENT, MEGALOMANIACAL HAS BEEN WRINKLED UP OLD HAG!

2396 days ago
104.

sheila    

O.K....she's old...it happens to the best of us. But, have you heard her voice lately? Geez, it's awful and it's like she can't even carry a tune anymore - deaf, maybe? It's sad and kinda pitiful at the same time.

2396 days ago
105.

Jamaican    

In Jamaica for Jazz and Blues, we were all anticipating Ms Ross, lot of tourist came to the Island and we paid big money, We were all expecting to see her, and all you can see on the stage was like a DOT she deserved the boo's , we people make everyone a celebrity and if we were not buying there album, guess what !!!! Get off this DIVAs attitude, and APOLIGISE TO WE JAMAICAN AND ALL THE TOURIST THAT CAME TO THE ISLAND.

2396 days ago
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