VH1 Divas

by (@kat_george)

12 Days Of DIVAS: Destiny’s Child Get Fierce And Unbelievably Sexy For “Say My Name”

It’s the 7th day of DIVAS, and the VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul event is hurtling towards us now — we can’t wait until it hits! Set to air on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the show will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies. In our 12 Days Of DIVAS special, we’ve been revisiting some of our favorite performances from DIVAS past, including Jill Scott, Beyoncé, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and a duet between Joss Stone and Gladys Knight.

Remember when there were 4? Today, for the 7th day of DIVAS, we’re giving you Destiny’s Child performing “Say My Name” in 2000. The girls may have been whittled down until there was only one left sitting on the throne — King B, naturally — but Destiny’s Child are iconic in their own right, and always will be. As fresh faced teenagers on the brink of young adulthood, the girls are SO 2000 in matching gold get ups, heavy makeup and synchronized dances. Moreover, they’re fierce and sexy, laying the foundation for the legacy of female empowerment that Beyoncé continues to champion 11 years later.

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

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by (@kat_george)

12 Days Of DIVAS: Joss Stone And Gladys Knight’s Spine-Tingling Performance Of “I Don’t Want To Do Wrong”

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul, is edging closer still, and we’ve entered the final countdown to the event with only one week to go! Set to air on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, we’re looking forward to performances by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies. Because we can barely wait to see our divas in action, we’ve starting pulling past divas out of the archive, including Jill Scott, Beyoncé, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer.

Today, for the 6th Day of DIVAS, we’re asking what’s better than a trip down memory lane with one diva? A trip with two, of course! We’ve got Gladys Knight performing “I Don’t Want To Do Wrong” with Joss Stone. While Stone appears in reverential awe of the veteran Knight on stage, the young performer holds her own with her sexy, gravelly vocal performance. Knight, of course, will make your heart skip a beat with her huge, soulful voice. And the two together? Think spine-tingling sensations and an irrepressible desire to hit repeat.

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

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by (@kat_george)

12 Days Of DIVAS: Whitney Houston Is Right, And Definitely OK

We’re creeping closer to VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul, set to air on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and the daily countdown continues as we prepare for performances by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies. It’s Day 4 on the DIVAS advent calendar, and we’ve bought you classic flashback performances from Jill Scott, Beyoncé and Gladys Knight.

Today, we have one of the world’s biggest divas, Whitney Houston, and we’ve even made up a jingle to go along with the performance: “On the 4th day of DIVAS, Whitney Houston is sublime — the way she’s singing back in ’99!” Her performance of “It’s Not Right But It’s OK” is dance floor anthem Whitney at her best. Whitney is fierce as she snarls into the microphone, reminding us of everything we loved about the soulful girl music of the nineties. She’s even got the moves to go with the track, busting out some hip shaking along with her backup dancers, and she does it with all the attitude we’ve come to expect from our Whits — yep, she’s partying like it’s 1999, alright!

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

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by (@unclegrambo)

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul Adds Anita Baker, Mavis Staples And More To The List Of Performers

We’ve been counting down the days to VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul as part of our 12 Days Of DIVAS retrospective; if you’re playing along at home, today’s magic number is 10! This year’s extravaganza will be airing on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT, and will feature performances from superstars like Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and more.

As awesome as this lineup is going to be, we’ve got even better news to share with you this morning: Motown legend Anita Baker, Windy City native Mavis Staples, Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson and jazzy vocalist supreme Ledisi have been added the list of this year’s oustanding stable of talent. We’ve also made some announcements regarding this year’s presenters, which you can read as part of this press release that just hit the wires…

VH1 DIVAS CELEBRATES SOUL ADDS ANITA BAKER, MAVIS STAPLES, WANDA JACKSON AND LEDISI AS PERFORMERS AND DOLLY PARTON, QUEEN LATIFAH, TERRENCE HOWARD, NAS, COMMON AND LA LA ANTHONY AS PRESENTERS

Red Carpet to be Livestreamed on VH1.com on Sunday, December 18

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul Pays Tribute to the Great Cities of Soul Music Including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia

Special will air Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1

To Tweet This Release: http://on.vh1.com/divaspr3

NEW YORK – December 8, 2011 – VH1’s beloved, popular franchise, VH1 DIVAS, announced today additional performers to join this year’s tribute to soul music including: Anita Baker, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson and Ledisi. In addition, Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Nas, Common and La La Anthony will participate as presenters in paying homage to these cities and soul music’s timeless classics at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul premieres Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1.

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by (@kat_george)

12 Days Of DIVAS: Gladys Knight Gives The Sentimental “The Way We Were” A Soulful Turn

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul is set to air on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and as you already know we’re counting down the days until Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies take to the stage for us. We’re now tearing off Day 3 of the DIVAS advent calendar, after bringing you Jill Scott covering “Natural Woman” on Monday and Beyoncé singing her classic “Dangerously In Love” yesterday.

One quarter of the way through the DIVAS countdown and now we’ve got a classic performance of Barbra Streisand‘s “The Way We Were” by the Empress of Soul herself, Gladys Knight. Bringing a new level of soul to the classic sentimental track, Gladys all but blows the stage away with this stirring vocal performance from VH1 DIVAS 2004. With a soaring vocal on the big notes and an infectious smile (you’ll smile too!) when she sings the lyrics “Would we? Could we?”, Gladys does the iconic number the justice it deserves.

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

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by (@kat_george)

12 Days Of DIVAS: Beyonce’s Performance Of “Dangerously In Love” Will Give You Goosebumps

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will air on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and we’re counting down the days until Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies take to the stage for us. And what better way to count down than to offer you up a delicious diva from past DIVAS events every day until the show? It’s a DIVAS advent calendar, if you will!

Yesterday, we bought you Jill Scott covering Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” back in 2001, and today, we bring you number one DIVA extraordinaire, Beyoncé. Singing her hit song “Dangerously In Love” at the 2003 DIVAS Duets show, this hearkens back to a time when the reign of Bey was only just beginning to hit out on her own, as she had just debuted her first solo album bearing the same name. But even then it was overtly apparent that she’d wear the crown — we hail King B! Beyoncé’s performance is powerful and goosebump-inducing, and we challenge you not to shudder as she throws down “I love you” repeatedly over her band, dappled light reflecting across the stage and in her magical ball gown.

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

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by (@unclegrambo)

12 Days Of DIVAS: Watch Jill Scott’s Soaring Version Of “Natural Woman” From 2001

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will air on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and we couldn’t be more excited about this year’s lineup, which includes Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and more.

As a lead-up to this year’s broadcast premiere in two weeks, we here at VH1 Tuner are excited to announce that we’ll be putting the spotlight on one of our favorite soulful performances from DIVAS events past for each of the next 12 days, a little event that we’re calling the 12 Days of DIVAS. First up, we’ve got a killer cut from the incredibly talented Jill Scott, who is another one of the headliners for this year’s event. Back in 2001 at VH1 Divas Live: The One And Only Aretha Franklin, Scott brought the house down at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall with her soaring version of Aretha’s staple, “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman.” In particular, pay close attention to the full-bodied stank that she lays down approximately 3:25 into this song, right as she’s wrapping up the Goffin/King classic — these are the kinds of unforgettable moments that make the DIVAS franchise one of the most anticipated events in the music industry year in and year out.

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

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by (@kat_george)

Florence Welch Flexes Her Funny Bone As Flow-Diggity Flow-Doubt On SNL

Florence + The Machine frontwoman Florence Welch flexed her funny bone on Saturday Night Live this weekend, performing in a sketch as Flow-Diggity Flow-Doubt in a satirical take on New Jack Swing. The sketch features parody characters like Sweaty Keith and Cross Cris, performing hilarious “turkey themed r’n’b rap fusion songs.” Florence shines in the first comedic role that we’ve ever seen her perform, showing her lighter side after taking a noticeably darker turn with Florence + The Machine’s new album, Ceremonials. Belting out a hilarious tune about the “adult table,” Flo croons about forgetting footsies and going straight for “full on sex.” Her deadpan expression is priceless and she stares down the camera with her best bedroom eyes, hand on hip and declares “it’s time to grow up.” The clip has not only got us giggling, but sort of hoping Flo will consider releasing an R & B album in the future … We can only dream!

Florence also appeared in another sketch as an enthusiastic dancing groupie for Jason Segel’s fictional band, The Blue Jean Committee (below), but the Florence Fest didn’t stop there. The performer took to the stage with The Machine for “No Light, No Light” and “Shake It Out.” A far cry from the irreverence with which she played Flow-Diggity, Florence was poised, graceful and elegant as she sang both songs. Not to mention divine, first while wearing Balmain, and second in a floor length black and lace cascading gown in signature Florence style. Keep an eye out for the impeccable Florence performing with The Machine for VH1′s DIVAS Celebrates Soul on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on VH1.

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by (@unclegrambo)

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul Adds Chaka Khan, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, And More To List Of This Year’s Performers

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul is set to premiere on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 CT, and will feature performances by legends like Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson and Jessie J. This morning, though, we got some incredible news! In addition to the already outstanding roster of talent we have previously announced, we’re psyched to annouce that Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Travie McCoy have also agreed to pay tribute to soul music hubs we’ll be celebrating that night: Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia.

We’ve got the full press release for you below.

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul Adds Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Travie McCoy as Performers

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul Pays Tribute to the Great Cities of Soul Music Including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia

Special will air Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1

NEW YORK – November 21, 2011 – VH1′s beloved, popular franchise, VH1 DIVAS, announced today additional performers to join this year’s tribute to soul music. Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Travie McCoy will join VH1′s “divas” in paying homage to these cities and soul music’s timeless classics at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” premieres Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on VH1.

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by (@kat_george)

Florence And The Machine’s New Video For “No Light No Light” Is A Voodoo Nightmare

Florence + The Machine‘s cacophonous new album, Ceremonials, is anything but light, with huge, roaring vastness and a grandness reminiscent of epic movie soundtracks. The new video for “No Light No Light” matches the tone of the song to perfection, with a twisted fairytale storyline, otherworldly, dark magic at play and the dramatic attitudes of the flame-haired Florence Welch. Consuming and pervasive, the song has a certain open-endedness, as if it were constantly chasing an elusive rainbow, racing past blurs of cities and forests on a never-ending mission. This elemental sense of infiniteness is mimicked in the video, with Florence running away from an indefinable pursuer, which is where the song and the video differ — Florence’s reverent, soaring vocals suggest a race towards something, a propelling force, a search and hope, whereas the visual suggests tumult, chaos, evasion and escape from an ambiguous, phantasmal menace.

The video introduces us to three characters: Florence, the beleaguered angel, perhaps fallen from grace in her diaphanous black gown; the voodoo master, a contorting specter, haunting Florence’s every movement as a metaphor of a broken relationship; and the choir of pre-pubescent boys inside a cavernous, medieval church, offering Florence redemption. As the voodoo master torments Florence with pokes and prods, she looks out over the iconic New York skyline, before allowing herself to fall towards the street. Luckily Flo is saved by the boys’ choir, which not only catches her but holds her high above their heads in a Christ-like motif of resurrection. The intention of the video is glaring, and, like the song itself, there are no subtleties.

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