Taylor Swift praised Diana Ross for inspiring her career as she paid tribute to her at the American Music Awards.

The 'Look What You Made Me Do' hitmaker made a surprise appearance at the ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night (19.11.17) via video link, in which to she thanked the music legend before the 73-year-old star was given the Lifetime Achievement award.

The 27-year-old singer said: ''Hey Diana, it's Taylor. I just want to say congratulations on your lifetime achievement award I want to say congratulations. I don't know anyone who hasn't been inspired by you.

''You're elegant, fierce, strong, and brave, and you have paved the way for everyone who does what we do now. Including me. So, thank you.''

Diana's daughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick presented her with the award.

The 46-year-old star said: ''[This is] not just for women, not just for black folk, not just for singers, actors, performers and entrepreneurs who want to forge our own destiny, but for all of us.''

In an emotional speech, Diana - who was also joined by daughters Tracee Ellis Ross, 45, who hosted this year's show, and Chudney, 42, and son Ross Naess, 30 - said: ''This is all about love, This is my family and I'm sending love out there to each and everyone one of you - our global family.

''I'm so humbled. I love you so very much and I think you know that. I really, really love you so very much and I will hold onto this beautiful honour. Thank you.''

Afterwards, she took to the stage to perform a number of tracks, including 1980 hit 'I'm Coming Out', 'The Best Years of My Life' and 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'.