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Happy Holidaze! Paloma Faith Wants To Be Your “Santa Baby”

Happy Holidaze! In lieu of the traditional advent calender stocked with stale chocolates or tiny toys, VH1, MTV and CMT are gearing up and counting down the days to Christmas with 12 Holidaze worth of cheer. Each day until the 25th, we will unveil a new holiday-themed performance from some of your favorite artists. First up: Paloma Faith, singing the Christmas classic “Santa Baby”!

Anybody can get twelve drummers drumming, but few can fill us with a reto-sheened cheer quite like Faith can. The rising British songstress and The Voice UK coach has a voice that has earned her comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Adele, and a look that’s a little Joan from Mad Men and all the rest entirely her own (we’ve mentioned it already, but you should really take a look at that carcass necklace!), and this Christmas classic from 1953 is just perfect for her. It’s a teensy bit jazzy and just brimming with the warm and crackly cheer that’s sure to lure Santa down the chimney right quick.

We are particularly excited to share Paloma’s carol because on Sunday she’ll be in LA with us for VH1 DIVAS 2012, where she’ll join the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Keri Hilson, Metric, Pitbull, Demi Lovato and more in celebrating the diva-tastic legacies of Whitney Houston and Donna Summers. Tune-in Sunday, December 16, at 8PM for a red carpet live stream and 9PM/8C for the show. For additional VH1 Divas 2012 info, visit divas.vh1.com.

Related: Rising British Soul-Pop Star Paloma Faith Just Added To VH1 Divas 2012 Performers

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Rising British Soul-Pop Star Paloma Faith Just Added To VH1 Divas 2012 Performers

We’re five days out and the VH1 DIVAS announcements keep flooding in! Newcomer British diva Paloma Faith has joined our growing list of performers set to take the stage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/8C this Sunday, December 16. And if her amazing performance at Live in the Vineyard is any indication, the “Picking Up The Pieces” star is about to make an amazing statement in the U.S. Her latest album, Fall To Grace, was released stateside on December 4, and VH1 DIVAS is the perfect platform to introduce to such a theatrical and emotional performer to this side of the pond.

I can only imagine what she’ll wear! A few years ago, the singer-songwriter straight up worked an animal carcass on a necklace. Can we hope for something even more outlandish on the Divas red carpet? Find out Sunday, December 16, at 9PM/8C – a red carpet live stream kicks everything off at 8PM. Read more…

by (@unclegrambo)

Live In The Vineyard: A Stripped Down Gavin DeGraw Dials Up His Storytelling Prowess, While Delta Rae Earns Raves

Gavin DeGraw and Delta Rae At Live In The Vineyard

The weather in California’s Napa Valley has been spectacular during the first two days of Live In The Vineyard, but the terrifying conditions that Hurricane Sandy ravaged upon New York City have been at the forefront of every performer’s mind, perhaps none more so than Gavin DeGraw‘s. “Don’t know if you’ve heard, but this bitch Sandy came through and f***ed up my city,” the New York City native announced to the lively crowd in attendance at the Uptown Theater last night, where he was headlining the evening’s stellar lineup that also included Martin Harley, Casey Abrams, A Rocket To The Moon, and Hedley. NYC was never far from DeGraw’s mind during his eight-song, 50 minute performance, during which he also dropped General George Patton’s famous quote “If you’re going through hell, keep going” before performing his new single “Soldier,” in an attempt to deliver some psychic inspiration to the city’s incredibly determined and resilient populus.

NAPA, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Gavin DeGraw performs at the Uptown Theatre at Live In The Vineyard on November 2, 2012 in Napa, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)

DeGraw is one of the more affable and charming performers on the circuit these days, so despite the heavy thoughts on his mind, his concert was far from a funereal affair. Leading the set off with “Sweeter,” his ditty about a Lothario who can’t help but cave-in to his darkest romantic desires, the crowd —all of whom were a few glasses deep in vino— immediately rose to their feet. Staying consistent with all of the performances at Live In The Vineyard, DeGraw stayed perched behind his piano for the entire set, accompanied only by a gentleman wielding an acoustic guitar. This arrangement meant we didn’t get to see any of the fancy footwork he perfected during his “fake dance career” on Dancing With The Stars earlier this year, but this stripped down set gave DeGraw an opportunity to flex his considerable storytelling muscle. He delighted the audience by giving some clues as to the origins of songs like “Chariot” and “I Don’t Wanna Be” (the song that “payed [his] college debts”), before closing his outstanding set with his smash hit, “Not Over You.”

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