Mariah Carey is the ultimate global superstar and the Queen of Christmas. The multifaceted legend has earned acclaim in all aspects of her career as an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 220 million records sold and 18 number one singles, the most for any solo artist in history. She is a luminous and enduring talent who has enthralled audiences for a quarter-century and has been a trailblazer in all facets of her career, from performing in her signature five-octave vocal range to songwriting and record-producing. She is the undeniable and quintessential Christmas songstress thanks to the 1993 release of her smash hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which has become a holiday soundtrack staple with over 14 million copies sold globally. In addition, the songbird supreme has made a name for herself as an actress, winning the "Breakthrough Performance Award" for her role in Lee Daniels' 'Precious.' This was Carey’s third time on the VH1 Divas stage.
A true Renaissance Woman and icon, Chaka Khan has been entertaining audiences as the Queen of Funk for over four decades. As both a solo artist and the front woman of the 1970s funk band Rufus, Khan has developed a vast international fanbase and has released 22 albums, including the holiday themed "A Gift For You." She is a 10 time Grammy Award winner, with 10 number one Billboard-charted songs and 11 RIAA-certified Gold and Platinum albums. Outside of her incredible ability to sing in eight music genres, Khan is a songwriter, producer, visual artist, author, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, activist and mother. She has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, and has been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. Khan returned to VH1 Divas this year for her fourth time.
For more than fifty years Patti LaBelle has inspired both audiences and musicians with her grace, style and class. Beginning her career in the 1960's with the trailblazing vocal group The Blue Belles, LaBelle has gone on to make a name for herself as a successful solo artist, selling over 50 million records worldwide. Her worldwide acclaim in both rhythm and blues and pop has granted her a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the World Music Awards’ "Legend Award" along with several Grammy Awards, NAACP Image Awards and American Music Awards. In addition, LaBelle is an actress and businesswoman, with Food Network and Cooking Channel specials and a newly launched line of food products. With two holiday records under her belt, LaBelle was more than ready for her return to the VH1 Divas stage for the second time.
Teyana Taylor has had an incredible year, from her show-stopping performance at VH1's Hip Hop Honors to her role in Kanye West’s hugely popular 'Fade' music video. Signed to Pharrell Williams' label at the age of sixteen Taylor has continued to stand out by working with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Beyonce and the GOOD Music family. Her 2010 holiday track "Christmas in Harlem" with Kanye West and rapper Cyhi the Prynce peaked at number three on Billboard’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. In addition, Taylor has expanded her brand beyond music by appearing in 'Madea’s Big Happy Family' and judging MTV's 'America’s Best Dance Crew.' Taylor will also appear in two of VH1's upcoming series, 'The Breaks' and 'Hip Hop Squares.' This was her first time on the Divas stage.
Vanessa Williams is one of the most multifaceted performers in entertainment today. With a Tony nomination, multiple Grammy and Emmy nominations, and several NAACP Image Awards, Williams’ talents have conquered the stage, charts and screen. Her debut album “The Right Stuff” reached platinum status in the United States, and her single “Save The Best For Last” held the number one spot on the charts for five weeks. She has sold millions of albums, and her two holiday albums, “Star Bright” and “Silver & Gold,” are highly acclaimed. Williams’ success extends to her television career, from receiving received numerous accolades for her role in ‘Ugly Betty,’ to her role in VH1’s upcoming series ‘Daytime Divas.’ In addition, Williams is an author, humanitarian and spokesmodel, and recently launched her clothing line V. by Vanessa Williams for EVINE Live. This was her first time performing at VH1 Divas.
JoJo has remained a steadfast force in the industry since entering the music scene in 2004. She remains the youngest solo artist to have a number one single in the United States with her debut hit "Leave (Get Out)," and continues to expand her professional accolades to include platinum-selling singles, millions of albums sold, world tours and high profile TV and film appearances. JoJo's critically acclaimed third studio album "Mad Love." skyrocketed to number one on the iTunes Pop Chart upon it’s release in October, and Entertainment Weekly hails her as "one of her generation's finest vocalists. Period." This was her Divas debut.
Bebe Rexha's career took off from the start, with her debut single "I Can’t Stop Drinking About You" peaking at number 22 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart in 2014. Since then, she has been featured on several Billboard Hot 100 songs, and has written and co-produced for artists such as Selena Gomez, Eminem, Pitbull, David Guetta, G-Eazy and Iggy Azalea. Her debut studio album, "All Your Fault," will be released in 2017. This was her first time on the Divas stage.
Serayah has been captivating television audiences with her performance as Tiana Brown on the hit series "Empire" since its first season. She also starred as "Dilemma" in Taylor Swift’s fiery "Bad Blood" music video, and went on to perform with Swift on her 2015 World Tour. This was her Divas debut.
Rey Ma is a Grammy-nominated rapper and star of VH1's 'Love & Hip Hop.' Known for her involvement with Fat Joe's Terror Squad, Remy was featured on the hit song "Lean Back" that topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks straight. Her most recent single with Fat Joe, "All The Way Up," featured French Montana and Infared and was a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. This was Remy Ma's Divas debut.
Diana Gordon has been writing for artists like Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Flo Rida and more since 2004. Her debut single "Dirty Talk" topped the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Most recently, Gordon worked with Beyonce on her sixth album 'Lemonade,' and wrote and produced "Don’t Hurt Yourself," "Sorry" and "Daddy Lessons." This was Gordon’s first time on the Divas stage.