Everyone’s Talking About DIVAS: Read Last Night’s Reviews Ahead Of Tonight’s Show

by (@kat_george)

Look, we know we’ve got DIVAS fever, and we know we’ve been gushing relentlessly about VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul (airing tonight on VH1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), but that’s because it’s all just so good. Obviously, we can see where we might be a little bit biased, and why you might not entirely believe our unabashedly praising the show, but you don’t need to take our word for it. It turns out everyone is talking about DIVAS, so here’s what some of the most prolific industry people and news mediums had to say about DIVAS (hint: there’s a lot of love in the quotes below!)…

“In a section dedicated to Chicago, Mavis Staples, Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu turned in an ecstatic version of Staples’ “I’ll Take You There” that played out like a master class in vocal control, Staples doling out rich, low notes until the song’s closing moments, where she slyly quoted both Badu’s “Tyrone” and Khan’s “I’m Every Woman.” During a segment centered on the music of Chicago, Badu and Khan performed “Ain’t Nobody” as a series of escalating peaks, each vocalist goading the other with a series of increasingly stunning melismatic runs before ending the song in a sustained, emotional embrace.” [Rolling Stone]

“This VH1 Divas show is 1 of da best shows I’ve seen all year after only 2 performances!!!” [Common, via Twitter]

“#ChakaKhan and another of the greatest voices on earth #MavisStaples. They WILL take you there Monday on #VH1DIVAS” [David Wild, via Twitter]

“That sense of mutual admiration and camaraderie continued on stage, as did the flashy fashion parade. But the emphasis was firmly on music, as the headliners traded solo turns with group numbers (some featuring male artists), including medleys devoted to seminal soul cities.” [USA Today]

“just wrapped a great stage rehearsal! @VH1 this show will top all others wit professionalism & class! #VH1DIVAS” [F Knuckles (The Roots), via Twitter]

“It’s a real honor, actually, to be counted amongst these amazing female performers. It’s really special for me, because I am still a relatively new artist, and to be up there with these really established singers is amazing for me. … I’m really grateful.” [Florence Welch, via MTV]

“As we go into the final days of 2011, this special was simply a fantastic way to end off the year.” [Broken Records Magazine]

“Now this is what you call a concert.” [Fayetteville Observer]

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will premiere exclusively tonight, December 19, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, only on VH1.

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