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Experience All Of The Highlights Of VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul In Photo Gallery Form

Want to relive all of the highlights of VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul? There sure were plenty of ‘em!
It was incredibly difficult choosing between the hundreds of pictures that we took of this year’s extravaganza, but we managed to narrow down the list to our 30 favorite pictures and conveniently grouped them together for you in this special VH1 DIVAS Photo Gallery. In it, you’ll find incredible photos of DIVAS like Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and many more. There’s also a few great shots of the legendary Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, both of whom are starring in the upcoming film Joyful Noise, which will be coming to a multiplex near you on January 13.

VH1 DIVAS Flipbook [VH1.com]

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by (@unclegrambo)

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul Web Exclusive: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, “He Said I Can”

Tonight’s television premiere of VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul closed with Chaka Khan and Mary J. Blige‘s stanktastic performance of “Ain’t Nobody.” However, those of us who were lucky enough to be in the building last night know that the last performance of the night was NOT Chaka and Mary J, but rather current VH1 You Oughta Know artist Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings performing “He Said I Can.” You’d be hard-pressed to make an argument that there’s another group out there that’s making soul music these days that’s as vibrant as the music that SJDK is turning out. If you like this track — and, honestly, we don’t see any scenario in which you wouldn’t — do yourself a favor and check out Soul Time!, the group’s latest LP.

This web exclusive clip is brought to you by Wendy’s.

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“Ain’t Nobody” We’d Rather See Close Out VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul Than Mary J. And Chaka Khan

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.

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VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul: Erykah Badu, Estelle And Mavis Staples Take Us There (And Then Some)

TYRONE! There have been many highlightable moments during tonight’s broadcast of VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul, but we can’t help but feel like Mavis Staples, Erykah Badu and Chaka Khan‘s triple threat take on The Staples Singers’ classic “I’ll Take You There.” It was clear from the outset that these three were vibing off each other and connecting on a deep level, and by the time Mavis started laying down some serious STANK and shouting out “I’m Every Woman” and “Call Tyrone,” we knew this was gonna be a moment we wouldn’t soon forget.

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VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul: Florence Welch’s Haunting, Otherworldly Take On Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black”

Florence Welch, lead chanteuse of Florence + The Machine, is certainly one of the MVPs of VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul. She performed three songs tonight: “Shake It Out” (the new single off the band’s Ceremonials), “Back To Black” (as part of the evening’s Amy Winehouse tribute), and “Walking On Broken Glass” (which you can watch below).

Here, we put a spotlight on Florence’s haunting cover of the title track of album that turned Amy Winehouse into an international superstar back in 2007. She cut quite a figure with her floor length black dress, which was incredibly appropriate considering the circumstances. The music world lost an immense talent this year with Amy’s tragic passing, but thanks to powerful performances like Florence Welch’s tonight, Winehouse’s musical legacy is cemented in stone.

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Follow along for Florence’s jubilant take on Annie Lennox‘s “Walking On Broken Glass.”

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

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]

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Jill Scott, Questlove And Adam Blackstone Explain Why Philly Is The City With The Most Soul (Hint: It’s The “Dirty Water”)

We spent most of this weekend hanging around New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, checking out the rehearsals for VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul (which, if you haven’t heard yet, is airing TONIGHT on VH1 at 9 p.m. ET). We were lucky enough to grab some time with some of this year’s featured performers as they prepared for the show, and one of the questions we were most curious about was what gave the cities that they hail from so much soul.

First up, we asked Philly natives Jill Scott, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Adam Blackstone their thoughts on why the City of Brotherly Love (the latter two of whom served as the Musical Directors of the show) was the most soulful city in the world. Jill Scott reckoned it has something to do with “dirty water” of the Schuylkill River, while Questlove and Adam explained that the city’s proximity to New York City forced the musical community to diversify their sound to establish their own unique identity.

You can see Jill’s response above, while we’ve got video of @questlove and @bassicblack below.

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Kelly Clarkson Overcomes A Last-Minute Ankle Sprain And Brings The House Down At VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul

Just moments before the taping of VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul last night, our girl Kelly Clarkson managed to sprain her ankle. Never one to let a broken thing deter her —ankles, hearts, it’s all the same, really!— Kelly powered on through the entire show, performing like a true professional. Even Questlove gave Kelly props for her stoicism when he tweeted, “Shoutout to Kelly Clarkson for goin in like a mofo trooper and with twisted ankle & all kickin arse & takin names. #vh1divas.”

So what happened? Well, Kelly took to WhoSay last night to explain. “Funny part of the evening is I twisted my ankle in a pair of heels right before the show started in a freakin pot hole on the street!,” she wrote. “Hurt like hell but still one of my favorite shows I’ve ever been a part of!” That’s why we love our Kelly — instead of indulging in self-pity, she powers through and gives every single one of her performances 100% energy and effort.

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EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Scenes Of The Final Dress Rehearsal Of VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul [PHOTOS]

Hey, have you heard the news? VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul is premiering tonight on VH1 at 9 p.m. ET, and take it from us (because we were there): It is a DOOZY of a show. However, what we’re going to share with you right now isn’t something that you’re going to see tonight. Our VH1 Tuner photographer extraordinaire, Miss Lauren Deiman, was the ONLY photographer on hand during yesterday afternoon’s dress rehearsals at midtown Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and she was able to capture these stunning images of world class talents like Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, and Jessie J practicing their performances one final time before the big show kicked off. Enjoy this exclusive and truly intimated look behind the scenes of VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul.

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by (@kat_george)

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul Sneak Preview: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, And Mary J. Blige Perform “Keep Me Hanging On”

You’re pumped for VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul, right? The show airs TONIGHT on VH1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, but we filmed our divas yesterday and we’ve got to tell you — you’re in for a real treat! We’re about to dangle the carrot too, and give you a little glimpse of what you can expect from tonight’s broadcast; we gave you a tease last night by giving you the official list of performances, but now we’ve got a little video to whet your appetite. Tonight’s show opens with three radiant divas — Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson — singing “Keep Me Hanging On,” and these lovely ladies do nothing less than bring the house down with their rendition of this Supremes classic. Tune-in tonight at 9 p.m. to catch this entire performance and many more! (Oh, and btw, if you’re tweeting, don’t forget to use the hashtag #VH1DIVAS.)

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