Hot off the presses, we’ve got some exciting news to share with you! We’ve been able to convince an outstanding array of wildly talented vocalists, including Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson and Jessie J, to participate in the latest entry in our long-running series, VH1 DIVAS. This year’s theme will be VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul, which will enable each of our performers to pay their respects to the cities where soul music originated and ultimately flourished, places like Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. We’ll have more details on this amazing show in the coming days and weeks, but for now, here’s the full press release that just hit the wires.
VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul with Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + the Machine, Kelly Clarkson and Jessie J
VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul Pays Tribute to the Great Cities of Soul Music Including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia
The Roots Confirmed to Perform as House Band
Special will air Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1
NEW YORK â€“ October 27, 2011 â€“ VH1â€™s beloved, popular franchise, VH1 Divas, returns and will pay tribute to the cities where soul gave birth to musicâ€™s most powerful classics and inspired todayâ€™s divas. Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson and Jessie J will pay homage to these cities and soul musicâ€™s timeless classics at New York Cityâ€™s Hammerstein Ballroom. VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul premieres Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT on VH1.
The full press release continues below…
Ellen DeGeneres, music mogul? Get used to it. The onetime American Idol judge started a label, eleveneleven (an Interscope imprint), a year ago, to sign Youtube sensation Greyson Chance, just two weeks after he was discovered and appeared on her show. Now Chance is wrapping up a co-headlining tour with Australian teenpop star Cody Simpson, after releasing single “Waiting Outside the Lines” backed with studio versions of the Lady Gaga and Augustana covers that originally got Ellen’s attention.
Apparently, Chance’s success was no fluke. “Carry Me On,” the debut single from her second signee, 17-year-old Brit Tom Andrews (pictured above), hit #185 on the iTunes pop charts. Savannah Robinson, eleveneleven’s most recent signee, appeared on Ellen twice, the second time to duet with Jennifer Hudson. If YouTube teens are indeed the future of the music industry (Bieber, Chance, et al…), then Ellen DeGeneres has got the future on lock.
[Photo Credit: Ellen]
Last week, Jennifer Hudson’s sophomore LP, I Remember Me, hit the streets and moved an impressive 165,000 copies, good for second place on the Billboard 200. If it has been awhile since you last laid eyes on J-Hud, yes, that’s really her there on the cover of the record. Thanks to a new exercise regimen and healthy eating, Hudson has dropped 80 pounds (!!!) in the twenty or so months years since she gave birth to her son, Daniel. Okay, we’ll say it, she’s lookin’ FINE these days!
So when Jennifer recently stopped by our offices here in the heart of Times Square, we thought she’d be a perfect candidate for our recurring style series, Head to Toe. “I put my outfits together today knowing that music is business, too, so I’m giving you a little business today,” the self-described supermodel-slash-business-lady explained to us in the video footage that you’ll see below. Her best piece of advice, though, is an oldie but a goodie: “Don’t let the clothes wear you, you wear them.”
Crystal Bowersox has joined Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert as American Idol alumns who failed to take the show’s top spot but ended up faring at least as well as its winners in becoming artists with independent careers and identities. Thanks to Idol, Crystal’s identity is more than a little familiar to most: Scrappy folk/roots singer and songwriter with golden dreads and, more importantly, a knockout voice. Below is the video for “Farmer’s Daughter,” the autobiographical single from her debut album of the same name.
After the jump, Crystal’s picks.
Stevie Wonder sure can class up a joint. As the only man allowed on the VH1 Divas stage last night, Wonder complemented the gorgeous Jennifer Hudson during their duet of “All In Love Is Fair.” This is one of our favorite duets of the night and cemented Hudson’s status as a diva and a legend in the making — not everyone can hold their own with Stevie and she proved herself more than capable. The soulful song played out in stark contrast to some of the other duets, like the Sheryl Crow-Miley Cyrus performance. We think it was the benchmark for elegance last night.
Dept. of Foregone Conclusions: Aretha Franklin confirmed that Dreamgirls star (and Burger Queen) Jennifer Hudson was being considered for the lead role in a biopic about the soul legend. Franklin told Access Hollywood that she actually sees three different people playing the role, but didn?t reveal any names. Auditions for the stage musical, which will precede the filmed version of the story, begin May 1st, and as yet there?s no word on whether Hudson?s been asked to show up. Odds are she?s too famous for that now — after all, she?s even been awarded Jennifer Hudson Day in Chicago. We bet she?ll be in the film, though. What do you make of her chances?
Photos: Jennifer Hudson
The last person left awake in hour three of last night’s Oscarcast has emailed VH1 Blog to inform us that Jennifer Hudson won Best Supporting Actress. Noted. But we can’t turn over and go back to sleep without considering some of the ramifications:
1. You know Beyonce’s taking notes. With the success of Hudson and Norbit, expect Ms. Bills, Bills, Bills to bulk up for a forthcoming biopic of George Foreman. She plays George.
2. American Idol rejects can now expect a brighter future than flipping burgers with Justin Guarini. Look for Antonella Barba to appear in a remake of Star 80.
3. Will there be a Dreamgirls, Too? In this exciting sequel, a quartet of girls from Houston become a trio, then a few other members are traded around, the lead singer goes solo and sleeps with Jay-Z, and everyone lives happily ever after. (Except the other, less-famous two.) You’ll weep as Beyondi sings, "I Am Telling You I Am Not Staying in the Same Hotel As Those Two Skanks."
4. Er, that’s it.
Photos: Jennifer Hudson