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From Last Night’s Soul Train Awards All You Need Are Miguel And Elle Varner

You might not have caught The Soul Train Awards on Centric last night. In a flurry of Sunday night programming (plus Liz & Dick Lifetime!) it would’ve been easy to skip the award show dedicated to awarding the best in hip-hop and R&B. If you did choose another route, here’s your tl;dw (That’s “too long, didn’t watch.”) rundown: Cedric the Entertainer hosted, Anthony Hamilton did “Lovely Day”, Leah LaBelle did Teena Marie’s “Square Biz”, Fantasia paid tribute to Aretha with “Don’t Play That Song For Me”. There was a New Edition tribute (in which Bobby Brown failed to thank his departed former wife Whitney Houston?), Keyshia Cole performed “Enough of No Love” from her new album Woman to Woman, and X-Factor winner Marcus Canty did Luther Vandross‘ “Never Too Much”. On the hip-hop side, 2 Chainz was there. Naturally.

Perhaps in the strangest moment, Tyrese‘s “Stay” won Song Of The Year, despite being released independently from his album, Open Invitation. It beat out John Legend, Trey Songz, Estelle, Wale, AND Usher–making it a true underdog. Tyrese most likely knew this, stating in his acceptance speech that today’s R&B is ”insecure, since everyone is doing house and techno music” (a weird nod to Usher, perhaps?) But tonight, he continued, “Real R&B is winning”.

And now for the best performances…

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Estelle’s “Wonderful Life” Is Just Like Ours…Except It’s International

It’s an international affair in Estelle‘s “Wonderful Life.” As she treks through Moscow, London, Jamiaca, Sweden, Norway and beyond, she finds inspiration through the natives. The “American Boy” star has shows night after night, but takes the time to stop and meet the people, and to sight-see what makes each country special. After the shows and radio interviews she signs autographs, hugs fans and immerses herself in all activities that make each country unique. And that’s what makes for a wonderful life. Read more…

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May Playlist: Listen To Songs Featured On Your Fave VH1 Shows

At VH1, countless hours are spent determining what music best complements our shows. In fact, the team responsible for this task, known as the Creative Music Integration (CMI) group, listens to thousands of songs each month in an attempt to figure out how best to utilize musical cues to reinforce the emotion and drama on shows like Single Ladies and Basketball Wives. We thought it would be a cool idea to give you an inside glimpse into this world.

To this end, we’ve put together a list of all the songs featured on our network in May — from artists like Santigold, Estelle, Tank, Neon Hitch and up-and-comer Elle King. Additionally, we’ve included commentary from CMI team members as to why they selected songs for particular scenes as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample. Enjoy, and stay tuned for our June playlist!

VH1 SHOW PLAYLIST: MAY 2012

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Tuned In: Estelle Says An Elegant “Thank You” On Letterman

Estelle gave an elegant performance of her track “Thank You” on The Late Show With David Letterman last night. Promoting her new album, All Of Me, which dropped yesterday, Estelle looked stunning with a simple slicked back hair-do and long white halterneck gown. With little aside from her stunning get-up in showmanship, Estelle’s performance was beautifully measured and displayed her strong vocal capabilities. As one of our favorite DIVAS, we love listening to Estelle’s flawless, captivating vocal every time she takes to the stage.

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Tuned In: Estelle Wants To “Thank You” On Leno

One of VH1′s favorite DIVAS, Estelle, took a moment to say “Thank You” on Leno last night. In a glittering gown, Estelle looked every part the diva in floor length black satin and sparkling silver bustier. She sang “Thank You”, from her third album All Of Me. Estelle’s performance was vibrant, sassy and every now and then gave us a little spine tingle as she hit the hard notes.

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Erykah Badu, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius And Questlove Bring VH1 DIVAS Back To Life

Last night on VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul, Erykah Badu, Marsha Ambrosius and Estelle, along with Questlove, performed an upbeat rendition of “Back To Life.” The performance, sponsored by Samsung, saw the lovely ladies clad in gold — Estelle was all out in a gold jumpsuit, Erykah with a gold shawl and Marsha with some sparkling bling. With some refined synchronized dance moves (backed up by nimble male dancers), and their killer voices, the three women had the crowd out of their seats and dancing for the entirety of the joyful performance.

After you watch this Soul II Soul classic, be sure to check out the full Samsung performance playlist.

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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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by (@kat_george)

The Complete List Of Songs You’ll See On VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul

We know how anxious you are to see VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul, which airs tomorrow night, Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, only on VH1. The show taped tonight at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, so we’re going to give you a little teaser on the way the show went down. (Spoiler alert: It was AMAZING.)

Below, you’ll find a complete set list of songs as performed by our DIVAS tonight. We hope you can sleep tonight, knowing what’s in store for your viewing and listening pleasure tomorrow! Don’t forget to watch, and if you’re gonna tweet (which we hope you do), be sure to use the hashtag #VH1DIVAS.
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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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Tuned In: Estelle Joins Gym Class Heroes For “Stereo Hearts” On Leno


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Look, we know the Gym Class Heroes track “Stereo Hearts” features Adam Levine, and we’re defintely fans, but the band’s performance last night on Leno with Estelle singing Levine’s parts… well… it was pretty amazing! Estelle brings a summery soulfulness to the song with her gravelly vocals, and the female voice adds an extra layer to the track — a certain mystique and romance. Not to mention how beautiful Estelle looked in a red maxi-dress (we’re sure you’d look just as pretty in a dress too, Adam!). Should Adam Levine be afraid?

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