12 Days Of DIVAS: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Perform “Crazy On You” With Ann And Nancy Wilson Of Heart

by (@kat_george)

So close! VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul is set to air on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and our excitement is palpable. The show will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies. For the past 10 days we’ve been getting in the DIVAS mood by revisiting performances from DIVAS past including Jill Scott, Beyoncé, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer (twice!), a duet between Joss Stone and Gladys Knight, Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey.

Today, for the 10th day of DIVAS, we’re going back one year and finding ourselves in the midst of rock’n’roll heaven. In a cacophony of live instruments and piercing voices, You Oughta Know artists Grace Potter & The Nocturnals perform “Crazy On You” with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. The performance is a high octane, rock-driven spectacle, with Potter and Wilson’s voices cutting through the stratosphere in the way that only legendary rock voices can. Not to mention the girl power overload (and doesn’t Grace look adorable in that flatter style party dress?).

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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Tuned In: Robin Thicke Performs A Pertinent “Love After War” On Leno

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Robin Thicke‘s “Love After War,” is pretty clearly about a relationship, although the title is rather pertinent following the end of the Iraq War yesterday. Last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Robin Thicke performed the sexy song — and we think if his voice was reincarnated as a physical thing it would be bedroom eyes. (Speaking of bedroom eyes, why are you hiding them with those sunglasses at night, Robin?) Either way, his performance of the title track off his new LP was vibrant, and Thicke laid on the signature charm that has all the ladies swooning, as we saw at his live show in New York last week.

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Last Lap: Jay-Z Is Being Sued For Using A Sample Without Permission In “Big Pimpin’”

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Jay-Z Is Being Sued For Using A Sample Without Permission In “Big Pimpin’”
Seems like hubby Jay-Z is following in the footsteps of wifey Beyoncé and is being sued for using a sample in his track “Big Pimpin’” without permission. We hope there’s still enough of a parent team left after all the legal action to look after Baby Bey-Z! [Prefix]

Courtney Love To Be Evicted From Her New York Rental Pad
Courtney Love has allegedly trashed her New York rental pad to the point where the owner is taking action to have the petulant rock star forcibly removed. She’s also apparently way behind of rent payments — get it together, Courtney! [NME]

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Check Out VH1′s Winter Music Promo Video Featuring The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy”

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VH1 is getting ready for a chilly winter by cozying up with some good tunes; to wit, check out our neat new promo video for the holiday season. Set to the sounds of The Black Keys“Lonely Boy,” the video is a fast-paced, energetic montage of all your favorites from You Oughta Know‘s Bruno Mars to Daughtry. The best part is watching the stars transform from humans into illuminated cartoons — our favorite is “Countdown” Beyoncé finger clicking as a fluorescent illustration.

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Lady Gaga And Madonna Score Golden Globe Noms, But The Muppets Get Snubbed

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We’re starting to gear up to awards season following the announcement of the 2012 Grammy Award nominees last month, and now we’re really getting into the spirit of things with the 2012 Golden Globe nominations, announced earlier this morning. We’re excited to see some of our favorite ladies getting a nod for Best Original Song, including high earning Lady Gaga for her collaboration with Elton John on “Hello Hello” (Gnomeo & Juliet), DIVASMary J. Blige for “The Living Proof” (The Help), and matriarch Madonna for “Masterpiece” (from her movie W.E). Also nominated are Chris Cornell for “The Keeper” (Machine Gun Preacher) and Brian Byrne and Glenn Close for “Lay Your Head Down” (Albert Nobbs).

Strangely enough, The Muppets was not acknowledged in the nominations despite the film being a musical extravaganza. The Muppets were, however, nominated for a Critic’s Choice Movie Award for Best Song for “Man Or Muppet,” so it does seem a bit odd that the obviously critically acclaimed track should be snubbed here.

HFPA Nominations & Winners [Official Website Of the Golden Globe Awards]

Music Seen: Karmin Crash The Party At VH1 Headquarters

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Dynamic duo Karmin popped by the VH1 studios for a hang, and it was as vibrant, colorful and fun filled as you would expect from Karmin! Our photographer, Colin Gray, followed the pair around and got plenty of snaps of them goofing off (after the jump). We were also lucky enough to be able to head behind the scenes for the shoot of their new video “Crash Your Party,” which is Karmin’s first ever professionally-shot clip, and the two appear in awe of the whole process, saying, “only 6 months ago we were just in our living room making home videos!” Well, home videos no longer — Karmin are about to hit the big time!

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12 Days Of DIVAS: Mariah Carey Makes It Happen In 1998

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We’re almost there! VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will air on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (4 more sleeps!). The show will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies. We’ve been impatiently waiting DIVAS and alleviating the suspense by bringing you performances from years past every day for the past 9 days: Jill Scott, Beyoncé, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer (twice!), a duet between Joss Stone and Gladys Knight and Destiny’s Child.

Today, for the 9th day of DIVAS we’re giving you Mariah Carey. You’re welcome. In a stunning, sparkling and sexy golden gown with hair big enough to make Beyoncé ashamed, Mariah shows us what being a soul diva is all about. Backed up by a gospel choir, Mariah’s performance of “Make It Happen” back in 1998 is uplifting and funky, a toe tapping delight. We absolutely love Mariah, and we think that for the 9th day of DIVAS we’re going to be playing this one on 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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Katy Perry Talks Evangelism, Jimi Hendrix And Drug Dealing On Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People

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If you weren’t already in love with Katy Perry, then you should definitely watch her interview on Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People. Katy is honest and endearing, revealing just enough but still playing her cards close to her chest, giving a sense of total control, poise and grace. Katy is articulate and warm, and gosh darn it, we just want to be friends with the girl! Of the past year, Katy says it’s “been very intense. Just kind of holding onto the rocket for dear life, hoping I don’t get bucked off.” Katy also talks about her evangelical upbringing, her parents’ past life as hippies (during which time her mother dated Jimi Hendrix and her father was a drug dealer) and her decision to follow her dreams. She also talks about her marriage to Russell Brand and her desire to have children, cutely adding that at the moment, there’s nothing in her belly but Taco Bell.

Video: Katy Perry Talks Childhood, Marriage In ‘Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People’ Interview [Neon Limelight]

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Lady Gaga Has More Money Than All The Other Ladies (Well, At Least Forbes Says She Was The Top Earning Female Artist This Year)

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Ah to be young, weird, tortured and swathed in couture! This year Lady Gaga has proven to be more than just an artiste — behind the conceptual seems to lie a savvy business woman and dedicated, hard worker. Indeed, Forbes has estimated that the Mother Monster raked in $90 million dollars in 2011, which we can safely say is nothing to sneeze at (unless you really need to sneeze and can’t help it). That’s really a lot of money, and we guess it sort of makes sense, with album sales for Born This Way, extensive touring and generally just being everywhere and doing everything all the time. Although we are starting to wonder if Lady Gaga isn’t more than one person — her constant visibility seems near impossible, maybe she’s a triplet?

Lady Gaga really is the dominating femme force in the earnings stakes, with second place holder Taylor Swift making only half ($45 million) of the Lady’s earnings in 2011. Aside from Lady Gaga’s small fortune, there aren’t really any surprises on Forbes‘ list (Celine Dion‘s heart really does go on), with all the independent ladies of pop you’d expect to be buying their own bling making the baller list:

1. Lady Gaga
2. Taylor Swift
3. Katy Perry
4. Beyonce Knowles
5. Rihanna
6. Pink
7. Carrie Underwood
8. Celine Dion
9. Adele
10. Alicia Keys
10. Britney Spears
Lady Gaga Named Highest Earning Female Artist Of 2011 [Prefix]

The Top-Earning Women In Music [Forbes]

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Tuned In: Young Jeezy Does, And Loses His Mind On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Young Jeezy performed “I Do” And “Lose Your Mind” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, and the rapper had the audience relentlessly waving their hands in the air the entire time. With his deep, gravelly voice, there’s something of DMX and Ja Rule in Jeezy’s vocals, and we’re feeling a bit of a throwback to the late 90s-early Naughties era of hip hop. With a new biographical film due to hit screens on December 20, Young Jeezy is really upping the ante on his visibility, and we’re wondering whether or not he’s having a hard time standing up right under the weight of that hefty gold necklace… Never mind, we’re still bouncing to the beat of his performance!

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