FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul

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Before I tell you about the VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul concert that will be airing tonight on VH1 at 9/8 C, I want to make something clear. I am an employee of VH1. Obviously. However, the raves you are about to read for this show, which I was lucky enough to attend last night at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, have nothing to do with my employment at this fine company. Because really, of any event I’ve ever had to go to for work, this was above and beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. I almost want to take my paycheck this week and just tear it up as a thank you. (Shame I laminate my paychecks otherwise I seriously would.)

Now last time I went to Divas, I wore a full-length gown and got my hair twisted into a prom updo, because I thought that was a kind of funny, but the truth is ANY REASON TO DO THIS AND I WILL. But I learned my lesson when that same night, I felt like the biggest shmuck on Earth because I wasn’t actually on the roster to perform. This year I got smart… Jeans and a top and a mid-day Divas Bang Trim, code for my bangs got butchered at 4 PM. (Too short, natch.)

The energy in the Divas auditorium was palpable, as was the amount of tequila in the mixed drink I requested. But there was no time to drink Hornitos and eat delicious mini cupcakes! (OK, there was a little time, I had two cupcakes, eaten in the corner in the dark.) That’s because Ms. Florence Welch was on stage in a floor-length silver dress, performing her new single “Shake It Up” and kicking the night off in amazing fashion.

From there some INSANE SH*T happened. How about a stage with Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Mary J. Blige covering The Supremes? Don’t believe me? WATCH THIS FOOTAGE:

This is followed up with a dose of Erykah Badu, Mavis Staples, Jill Scott and CHAKA KHAN? Come on. No. How could this be a show? Well it is. It exists. And I haven’t even brought up my favorite Diva of all who was there…

My Favorite Diva, Mob Wives star Renee Graziano!

It’s important to mention that my favorite guys ever, Boyz II Men, showed up and sang MOTOWN PHILLY. I never knew I was capable of such pure unfiltered bliss until this moment. That giant Titanic dummy you’ll notice hurtling towards the stage from the second mezz tonight is me sacrificing myself to Wanye.

The only pang of negativity I felt last night was that of jealousy, that I myself am not a rich and famous diva, so as to afford some of the to-plotz-for outfits seen on stage. Specifically Florence Welch, who shares my love of a floor-length flowy dresses with sleeves.

You will definitely want to set your DVRs to record tonight’s show. Tonight, 9 PM ET/8 C, VH1, Divas. To continue celebrating the celebration of soul, I’ve put together a special Divas-themed For Your Consideration with stills from the special as well as some red carpet pics from before the show. And you know what? I put on a gown to write this post because EFF IT. Enjoy!

BEST IMPRESSION OF ONE OF DOLLY’S BREASTS IN A SMALL BRA

Dolly Parton



“YOU WANT ME TO SING? DON’T ASK ME TO SING. I CAN’T SING. OK, AND A ONE AND A TWO, OH, I MISSED IT.”

Flo Rida



RUNNING LATE TO PHILOSOPHY CLASS AT BENNINGTON COLLEGE

Travie McCoy



LIVING MY DREAM OF WEARING FULL BODY SPANX OUT AS AN OUTFIT

Jessie J



I CAN’T STAY MAD AT YOU!-IEST

Martha Reeves



I PETA THE FOOL WHO DOESN’T LOVE THIS FUR

Wanda Jackson



LADY BUSINESS IN THE FRONT, FORMAL PARTY IN THE BACK

Lala Anthony



MY FACE DURING WAR HORSE

Florence Welch



SHE PEELED HERSELF UP FROM THE RED CARPET LIKE T-1000

Siggy Flicker



MY IDEAL DREAMGIRLS CAST

Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson & Mary J. Blige



PANTS THAT MIGHT BREAK YOUR FLATSCREEN

Samuel KangoL. Jackson



YES WE CHAKA KHAN

Chaka Khan



POSTER FOR MEN IN BLACK 3 WHERE I’D ACTUALLY SEE THE MOVIE

Questlove and Guest



CELEBRATING THE BLUES

Jill Scott



Star Of The Fringe Festival

Jessie J



WAISTING AWAY

Jennifer Hudson



GODDESS DRESSING

Jennifer Hudson



I LEGIT THOUGHT THIS WAS A PIC OF ME AND J-HUD FOR 3 MINUTES

J-Hud and Jessie J



DIVA-NE INTERVENTION

Jill Scott



MOMENT MY SH*T BECAME OFFICIALLY LOST

Boyz II Men Singing Motown Philly



PROJECT RUNWAY: SEXESSORIES

Jessie J and J-Hud



THE VELVET FOG

50 Cent



IS SHE LEVITATING IN THIS PIC?

Drita D’avanzo



GOLDENIEST GLOBES

Estelle



BOOTS MADE OUT OF A GAY ARMADILLO

J-Hud



MR. NAS IF YOU’RE NASTY

Nas



AND SOMEWHERE IN OKLAHOMA, IT RAINED

Jessie J



BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. (AT DIVAS, BIG BROTHER IS ARETHA FRANKLIN)

The Divas Stage



MY NOMINEE FOR SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOW ONCE MADONNA INEVITABLY DROPS OUT

Florence Welch



COMMON SENSE TELLS ME HE SHOULD FATHER MY FIRST BORN

Common



TWO PEOPLE WHO COULD PROBABLY SHARE BRAS

Dolly Parton and Queen La



YOU GUYS COLD? I’M FREEZING.

Erykah Badu



VERY IN-VEST-ED IN THIS PERFORMANCE*

Boyz II Men (*Also I’m quitting comedy.)



WINNER OF THE DIVAS CELEBRATE SOUL AIR GUITAR CONTEST

Jessie J



MAVIS, DOING A LITTLE CROWD WORK

Mavis Staples and Erykah Badu



THEN EVERYONE IN THE AUDIENCE GOT TESTED FOR GLAUCOMA

J-Hud


NAILING HIS AUDITION FOR THE CRUNKIEST LINCOLN ASSASSINATION

Travie McCoy



MAKIN’ IT RAIN

Mary J. Blige



FIGHTING TO LEGALIZE POLYGAMY SO THAT I MAY MARRY ALL OF THEM

Boyz II Men

Although we’ve come… to the endddd of the posssst…. still I can’t let go…

FOR MORE ON TONIGHT’S AMAZING VH1 DIVAS SHOW, CHECK OUT TUNER, VH1′s BRAND NEW MUSIC BLOG!

[Photos: Getty and Lauren Deiman/Vh1]

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