All last week, we got you prepped for VH1 DIVAS with some help from our friends at Diageo. We shared special Smirnoff drink recipes with you, a variety that included the Appletini, Caramel Spiced Tea, Iced Layer Cake, and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.
Well, when VH1 DIVAS 2012 was held on Sunday night in Los Angeles, the incredibly lovely Kelly Rowland stopped by our exclusive lounge before the show and shared with us some advice on how to be a diva and who her personal diva inspirations are. You can watch Kelly discussing these things and more in our video above, or head directly to our Behind The Bar playlist!
VH1 Divas host Adam Lambert apparently got some diva lessons from a pretty sweet teacher: Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes! VH1’s own reality queen, Jackie Christie of Basketball Wives LA, caught up with her during the red carpet excitement just before showtime, where NeNe admitted that Adam was the main attraction for her that night. “I am teaching him how to be a diva, so we’ll see that in the opening of the show. I’m like his mom tonight,” she gushed. “So I’ll be cheering for him and hoping that he does a fantastic job.”
But of course, that begs the question, what exactly is a diva? NeNe helpfully offered up her own expert definition. “Fierce and fabulous and a legend in their own field.” But she was quick to clarify that there’s more than one kind. “There are two different types of divas,” she explained. There’s a diva that is a bitch on wheels. And then there’s a diva that is fun and fabulous and outspoken. I feel like I’m the fun fabulous diva.” Jackie was quick to agree! “I think it’s great to be a legend but it’s also cool to be nice.”
In addition to helping Glambert up his sass cred, Nene is apparently getting busy in her private life too. Rumors are swirling that the Real Housewife is getting back with her ex-husband Gregg Leakes. Even after divorcing, NeNe has claimed that the pair are on good terms, and now there are reports they they’re to remarry during the holidays. That’s some serious Liz and Dick business right there! NeNe is staying mum on the subject, but played coy when a fan on Twitter asked if they could expect some Christmas nuptials. “Keep ur ears & eyes open,” she responded back. We’ll see!
Black reinstated itself as the it color at VH1 Divas last night at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. It had been relegated into the shadows thanks to the summer brights trend over the last few months. It was the shade to wear as evident by the evidence on the red carpet and on stage! Stacy Keibler wore it via a Monique Lhullier skintight suit and Jimmy Choo shoes, while Keri Hilson took it on through a Pucci jumpsuit, Christian Louboutin shoes while blinging up with Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Demi Lovato wore black with a sweet Topshop dress with lace overlay shoulders while Miley Cyrus not only wore it with lots of metal embellishments on stage, but also as she arrived, in a sexy cut-out Omo by Norma Kamali dress. It’s like those two were at opposite ends of the spectrum with Demi being sugar and Miley being the spice! Ciara was sleek and sexy in a sequined Pamella Roland gown and that’s not all. Jordin Sparks, NeNe Leakes, Amber Riley, Elisha Cuthbert and more wore black to the show making it the biggest trend of the night. Check out our gallery below for all the looks and tell us what you think, and who your favorites are.
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All hail The Glambert! Because that’s exactly what Adam Lambert is — super glamorous and fabulous all rolled into one. The amazo singer was not only the host of VH1 Divas last night but he also performed a couple of numbers on stage to a very happy audience. As expected, we got some grade-A Glambert fashionable outfit changes all night. We’ve put together all eight for you in the gallery below, but we can’t help but discuss some of our most special looks. Topping that list is Adam’s grey hounds-tooth suit worn while hosting. Sounds demure? Not a chance. Adam spruced it up by adding metallic spikes to the shoulder. We also have his ‘Crusades’ chic and Top Gun trendy outfits. The latter was a jumpsuit, obvs, but zippered and nipped and tucked to make a huge fashion statement. The former was a tunic with patterns reminiscent of the Medieval Crusades. Glambert style, of course! Have a look at all our pictures and tell us what your favorite outfit is.
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Onstage at VH1 DIVAS tonight, the name of the game was the glitzier the better, as befits a dance-themed show. But before the likes of Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert, Keri Hilson and more hit the stage in their best studded leather and sequins, they all had very different ideas of how to approach the purple carpet. It was just the kind of daring and diversity that makes these artists the perfect guests for a celebration of diva-tude. There was Demi Lovato looking rockabilly cute and Ciara doing old-Hollywood glam. Jordin Sparks and Bootsy Collins sparkled, while Brandy and Kat Graham donned edgy white and ivory.
Whatever their approach, none of these ladies and gentlemen was about to fade into the crowd.
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VH1 DIVAS is almost here and it is going to be an amazing party. So get your night started right with special drink recipes from our friends at Smirnoff. Here’s one for their awesome twist on a classic fave, the Appletini.
2 oz. SMIRNOFF® Kissed Caramel Flavored Vodka
1.5 oz. apple juice .25 oz. lemon juice
.25 oz. simple syrup
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with thin apple slices and a caramel rim.
VH1 DIVAS is almost here and it is going to be an amazing party. So get your night started right with special drink recipes from our friends at Smirnoff. Here’s one for their tasty drink, Caramel Spiced Tea.
Caramel Spiced Tea
1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF® Kissed Caramel Flavored Vodka
2 oz. strong Chai tea (unsweetened)
1 oz. milk or half & half
.5 oz. simple syrup
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a double rocks glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and mint leaves.
VH1 DIVAS is almost here and it is going to be an amazing party. So get your night started right with special drink recipes from our friends at Smirnoff. Here’s one for their yummy drink, Iced Layer Cake.
ICED LAYER CAKE
1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF Iced Cake Flavored Vodka .5 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange.