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Jennifer Hudson Joins VH1 Divas!

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A bunch of bold-faced names have been added to the lineup of VH1 Divas (premiering Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9/8c). Check the press release below for details:

Jennifer Hudson’s breakout roll as “Effie” in the Academy Award® winning hit Dreamgirls garnered her every major acting award, but it was her powerful vocal abilities that first won her acclaim.  On her self-titled debut album, Jennifer received four Grammy® nominations and won for Best R&B Album.  VH1 viewers will now get a chance to hear Jennifer sing live at the VH1 Divas concert which will be televised live on VH1 on Thursday, September 17 at 9:00pm.

Special musical guests for the show include Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper and Martina McBrideKathy Griffin, Toni Braxton, Ryan Kwanten, Lauren Conrad, Whitney Port and the cast of MGM Film Fame (Asher Book, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Kherington Payne, Naturi Naughton, and Walter Perez) have all joined the VH1 Divas show as presenters for the evening.

“We are excited that Jennifer Hudson will share her award-winning talent with our VH1 Divas audience next week.  Adding Jennifer to our roster of young yet hugely successful performers guarantees that the show will truly be a night to remember,” said Tom Calderone, President, VH1.  “We can’t wait for our viewers to enjoy the performances that will reflect the talent, hard work and tenacity that has come to define this new generation of divas.”

Paula Abdul is set to host the VH1 Divas live concert event.  Previously announced Divas include Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks and Miley Cyrus.

For the first time ever, these leading ladies at the top of their musical game will perform together live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York.  Continuing in true Divas tradition, the evening will feature a night of unforgettable performances from various performers, presenters and special guests.

Fans can go now to Divas.VH1.com to submit a “Diva Stories” text or video testimonial that tells the world how their favorite divas have influenced their lives. VH1 wants to hear from all Divas’ fans – favorite songs, favorite moments and the craziest things they’ve done to show their diva how they feel.  Select testimonials may be featured online and on-air leading up to this year’s live telecast. Divas.VH1.com has also launched close to 50 past VH1 Divas performances, featuring Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and many more. Join Divas.VH1.com on Thursday, September 17 for live blogging coverage before and during the live telecast. Users can also follow all show-related news by following the VH1 Divas twitter account at http://twitter.com/vh1divas.

Premiering on VH1 in 1998, VH1 Divas became synonymous with some of the most memorable live female vocal performances in television history.  The show quickly became a highly anticipated annual phenomenon, generating speculation among music fans and industry executives on who would be part of that year’s telecast.  Previous featured performers over the years included Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Chaka Khan and many more.

VH1 Divas is executive produced by Lee Rolontz, Rick Krim and Patrizia DiMaria. ?As in previous years, this VH1 Divas special will raise funds for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in American public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Since VH1 Save The Music was created in 1997, more than $43 million worth of musical instruments have been donated to 1,600 public schools in 100 cities, improving the lives of more than 1.2 million children.

Exclusive VH1 Save The Music VIP tickets and Gold Circle ticket packages will offer premium seating to the live VH1 Divas concert plus pre and post party access and an exclusive gift bag.  Event sponsorship opportunities are also available to the two distinctively different VH1 Divas Parties on the same night. For more information on tickets or to sponsor an event, please contact: Nia.Mack@vh1savethemusic.com or at 212-846-7324.

“VH1 Divas” is sponsored by Garnier® Fructis® and CoverGirl®.

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Kourtney And Her Baby Bump Hit The Beach

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Six-months pregnant Kourtney Kardashian covered up her baby bump with a baggy top – even while going for a swim! – while spending time on Miami beach this weekend with her babydaddy Scott Disick. Expecting their first child together around Christmas, the couple made the most of the Labor Day weekend by having a lazy Sunday afternoon together, and looked adorable while doing so. Cuddling up on the sunloungers and messing about in the sea, these two made impending parenthood look like a beautiful Calvin Klein-style commercial. Cute. [Photos: Splash News Online]

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Jessica Simpson Is Too Sexy For This Dress

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Eff those fat accusations! Jessica Simpson showed all the haters that you can be a buffalo chicken wing-loving Southern girl and still work it on the runway just as ferociously as a rail-thin model who maintains a steady diet of Marlboro lights and Pellegrino. Jessica was a guest model at the Ozlem Suer fashion show in Paris, France today and strutted it in a gorgeous black gown. Own it! [Photos: Splash News Online]

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Fabulous Fall Trends: The 20 Hottest Stars In Denim

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Fads may come and go, but denim’s popularity never dies. This fall, denim trends include everything from the rolled and relaxed look (favored by stars like Halle Berry) to the super skinny pant (Lauren Conrad and Jessica Alba) to jean jackets in every shade. Experiment with an acid-washed mini one day and cut-off jean shorts the next. If you can dream it, denim can do it.

For inspiration, check out our gallery of 20 uber-hot celebs rockin’ the latest in denim trends. Brought to you by Old Navy.

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Lady Gaga Shows Off Her V

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Lady Gaga appears almost naked  in the new issue of V MAGAZINE, but when she’s not showing off her Gagas, the Lady is working it out in some plastic pink and blue peel off shades. Lady Gaga also poses in a blue Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere dress and Acne shoes. Check out her new spread in V MAGAZINE. [Photo: Mario Testino]

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Solounging On Grassy Knowles

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Solange Knowles may be a globetrotting diva, but the songbird showed that she doesn’t require a posh private pool at the Four Seasons in order to work on her tan. Beyonce‘s little sis’s tanning venue of choice on Tuesday was none other than the general public patronizing Central Park in New York city. No hotel key or velvet ropes here; Solange and a pal lounged on a blanket while listening to music, reading Dwell magazine and even chowing down on a sandwich and some chips for lunch. Solange is just like us! [Photos: Splash News Online]

Tune in to “VH1 Divas,” airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. Until then, check out the official Divas site, following the VH1 Divas Twitter and watching videos by the artists in the lineup. Plus, leave a testimonial for one of the divas at divastories.vh1.com.

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Style Wars: The Return Of Carrie Bradshaw

Sex and the City 2 has been filming for no more than a day and the glamorous outfits already abound, excluding Sarah Jessica Parker‘s 80s-inspired disaster. SJP was seen yesterday bounding down the sidewalks of Manhattan in gold sparkly Louboutins and donning a chic wrap dress. Later that day, she strutted in a vibrant purple number accessorized with an oversized pink purse. While we’re worried about the plot lines of this seemingly unnecessary sequel, there will no doubt be plenty of fashionable eye candy. Which first day outfit looked more fabulous? [Photos: Splash News Online and Getty Images]

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Please Shield Our Eyes From This Hair Horror

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We have just one thing to say about this shot of Sarah Jessica Parker from the set of the new Sex and the City movie, currently filming in NYC. Please say this is for an 80′s flashback segment. Please. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Fashion Designer Anand Jon Sentenced To 59 To Life

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Fashion designer Anand Jon, who had appeared on “America’s Next Top Model” and designed clothes for Paris Hilton and Mary J. Blige, has been sentenced to 59 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting seven young women and girls he enticed with the promise of modeling jobs.

Anand acted as his own attorney and asked for a new trial because of juror and prosecutorial misconduct. Judge David Wesley denied his request.

His victims looked on and wept from the jury box. Several victims spoke before the sentencing including one who said, “I was 14. You took my adolescence, my trust, my dream, and completely manipulated them for your sexual desires.”  [Source: LA Times; Photo: Splash News Online]

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Victoria Beckham Makes Incomprehensible Dress Commercial

We like to think of ourselves as pretty smart, and don’t expect all of our advertisements to say – HEY! BUY THIS PRODUCT! IT’S GREAT! to understand the message behind it. But really, coming across the new commercial for Victoria Beckham‘s latest line of dresses has confused us completely.

It’s models on swings. In a London street. For ages. All the while someone is singing opera very badly. Then someone says a few colors, and then we see the side of Posh’s head – because she’s swinging from a bus stop. Ahhhh, yes of course, the symbolism is obvious! Ahem. Actually, it’s one of the worst, most pretentious ads we’ve ever seen.  And we can’t even make out the damn dresses properly.