The VH1 Blog is joining forces with PopEater, The Huffington Post, Jezebel, LOGO, The FABlife and YOU to live blog VH1 Divas, airing live tonight at 9PM EST. Hosted by the always-entertaining and recently job-seeking Paula Abdul (Guess what? She’s also performing!), the show features performances by divas Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis and Adele. But the Divas aren’t the only highlight of the show. They’re pairing up with an all-star lineup, including Stevie Wonder (Yes, a man can be a diva too!), Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and Cyndi Lauper. Join and share your thoughts in our Divas Live Blog Party now! Stay with us while we break down the red carpet at 7:30PM EST and the show itself at 9PM EST.
Remember how when Pink came out in 2000, her music had a decidedly more urban bent than it does now? In this interview from her Behind the Music (premiering Thursday at 8/7c) session, she talks about the racial politics surrounding her rise to fame and her ability to “really screw with your stereotypes.” She says, in fact, that the last point became her “life’s purpose.” Pretty admirable, no?
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Whitney Houston gave Oprah a two-day earful this week about her tumultuous 14-year marraige to Bobby Brown. It looks like Bobby will get a chance to tell his side of the story when his episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10/9c. Check out the promo above, and below is the promo for Bret Michaels‘ BtM (bowing Thursday, Oct. 1 at 10/9c). On the episode, Bret spends ample time discussing Rock of Love, which hasn’t been on the air for months. So yay — we’ve missed it so.
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CLICK HERE to check out our new interactive timeline of Music Milestones: 1985 – 2009, presented by AT&T. From the ascent of The Boss through the grunge revolution and the death of The King of Pop, see important moments in recent music history!
The interview clip above was shot for Lil Wayne‘s Behind the Music (kicking off the show’s new season on Thursday at 10/9c). If the story of how and why he learned to play the guitar doesn’t mesmerize you, his voice surely will. We’ve got uncharted levels of grit here. Play this in your home, and look forward to a life without splinters.
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It’s back! This year’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors show will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the seminal Def Jam records. The show premieres Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c. Full press release is below:
The sixth annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors show will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Def Jam Records, as talents from across all artistic genres come together to celebrate this significant milestone in American hip-hop music. Eminem, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Ludacris, DMX, Mary J. Blige, Redman, The Roots, Method Man, ONYX, Public Enemy, Warren G, Kid Rock, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Brett Ratner, Trey Songz, Ja Rule, Gym Class Heroes, and Scarface are scheduled to show up and show out to celebrate the label that served a catalyst for this American musical phenomenon.
VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 will be taped from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. 30 Rock?s Tracy Morgan returns as host for the 3rd year, as he will be joined many of hip-hop biggest luminaries. The VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 broadcast will premiere on VH1 on Tuesday, October 13 at 9PM ET/PT.*
Def Jam has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in music history and has inspired other emerging labels and artists. Special homage will be paid to the architects of the label, Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons, Kevin Liles, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Shawn ?Jay-Z? Carter and Antonio ?L.A.? Reid (Chairman Island Def Jam Music Group). Presenters and performers honor the history and the legacy of Def Jam Records through never-seen-before interviews, archival footage and special musical performances of some of Def Jam?s greatest hits. It promises to be a night that will showcase how Def Jam came and remains to be one of the premier record labels of hip-hop music.
Hip Hop fans can go to HipHop.VH1.com now to comment on this year?s line-up and to weigh in on what they?d like to hear at this year?s celebration. Additionally, on Monday, September 14, VH1 will launch the full show site at HipHop.VH1.com with artist profiles, exclusive online programming, show information and more. Additional VH1.com and VH1 Mobile efforts for VH1 Hip Hop Honors will be announced in the coming weeks.
VH1 Hip Hop Honors is executive produced by Lee Rolontz for VH1 and Jac Benson for Blacjac Entertainment. Louis J. Horvitz will direct.? Nelson George and Fab 5 Freddie are co-executive producers.
Additionally, we want to know where on the web hip-hop fans go for the latest news in fashion, music, and nightlife. So tell us! Nominate your favorite online destinations in the following categories:
- Best Hip Hop DJ
- Best Hip Hop Gear
- Best Hip Hop Radio Station
- Best Hip Hop Site
- Best Hip Hop Venue
These will be featured in a special section of hiphop.vh1.com. Submit your list of top sites to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 10 . The nominees will be announced and voting will begin on September 14.
[All artist images are via Getty.]
For more Hip Hop Honors exclusives, check out Global Grind.
Those longing for additional music programming from VH1 are in luck: six new episodes of Behind the Music are on the way starting with the Sept. 10 profile of Lil Wayne (premiering at 10/9c). Check the details in the press release below:
VH1 is re-launching its Emmy Award-nominated and critically-acclaimed series Behind The Music. The iconic series that helped put VH1 on the map will premiere on Thursday, September 10 at 10/9c with Behind The Music: Lil Wayne.? The self-proclaimed ?best rapper alive? opens up about his childhood, his music, and his struggles, as he and the people who know him best describe his ascension from a poverty-stricken childhood in New Orleans to his reign as one of hip-hop?s heavy hitters.? New episodes of the series will feature some of the best and brightest in the music industry today, including pop songstress Pink (September 17), self-proclaimed ?King of R&B? Bobby Brown (September 24), rock star Bret Michaels (October 1), the ?King of the South? rapper T.I. (October? 8 ) and hip-hop megastar 50 Cent on (October 13).? All episodes will air on Thursdays at 10/9c except for? Pink, which will air on Thursday, September 17 at 8PM* in advance of VH1?s Divas Live and 50 Cent,? which will air on Tuesday, October 13 at 8PM* in advance of the premiere of VH1 Hip Hop Honors.