PHEW! We’re just now catching our breath after the enthralling conclusion to tonight’s premiere of VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul, which saw the funky disco pop legend Chaka Khan and the Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige fuse their powers together, Voltron style, for an unbelievable rendition of Chaka’s 1983 smash “Ain’t Nobody.” The song hit #1 on the R&B charts back when Ronald Reagan was still in the White House, but it’s most memorably known for being the soundtrack to one of the finest montages of early eighties cinema in Breakin. Or, should we say, “formerly most memorable,” because Mary J and Chaka’s duet tonight instantly became THE defining version of the song the second the song wrapped.
Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu and Mavis Staples: “I’ll Take You There” (WATCH)
Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Mary J. Blige: “Keep Me Hanging On (Medley)” (WATCH)
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, “He Said I Can” (WATCH)
Florence Welch, “Back To Black” (WATCH)