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Stevie Wonder And Jennifer Hudson Make Beautiful Music Together

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.

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Paula Trips Up, Still Divalicious

No one can contend with Simon Cowell every day, get publicly scrutinized regularly, have unflattering interviews go viral in ten minutes, and still be as beloved as Paula Abdul. Perhaps we love her because of those things, not in spite of them, but she always manages a positive outlook and recovers from them no worse for the wear. Even tonight at VH1 Divas, Paula stumbled, literally, during her opening number, but she kept right on dancing and fulfilling her hosting duties, continuing to poke fun of herself, go head to head with the worst celebrity mocker of all, Kathy Griffin, and still come out of it on top.

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Diva Battles: Donna Summer Vs. RuPaul

“VH1 Divas” is back and airing live on Thurday,? Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we?ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don?t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

In the ring today: Donna Summers and RuPaul!

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Diva Battles: Jewel Vs. Shakira

“VH1 Divas” is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we?ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don?t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

Let’s do this! Next up: Jewel vs. Shakira.

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Diva Battles: Gladys Knight And Joss Stone Vs. Celine Dion And Anastacia

“VH1 Divas” is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we?ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don?t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

Double the divas, double the thrills! This round we’ve got Gladys Knight and Joss Stone vs. Celine Dion and Anastacia.

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Diva Battles: Joss Stone Vs. Jill Scott

“VH1 Divas” is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we?ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don?t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

Meet your dueling divas: Joss Stone and Jill Scott!

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Diva Battles: Beyonce Vs. Whitney Houston

?VH1 Divas? is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we?ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don?t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

Using their vocal chords as weapons in this battle: Beyonce and Whitney Houston.

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Diva Battles: Nelly Furtado Vs. Destiny’s Child

?VH1 Divas? is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we?ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don?t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

Battling it out below: Nelly Furtado and Destiny’s Child.

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Diva Battles: Diana Ross Vs. Debbie Harry

“VH1 Divas” is back and airing live on Sept. 17 at 9PM EST. In honor of this iconic event we’ve got some of the best performances from past Divas shows, duking it out in an A-List caliber cage match. Check out the clips and vote for your favorite in the poll above, and don’t forget to check out the official VH1 Divas site for more videos, photos and news about the upcoming show.

First up: Diana Ross and Debbie Harry battle it out below the jump!

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Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Miley Cyrus Head VH1 Divas Lineup!

Update: VH1 Divas 2010 has just been announced with performances by Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, Sugarland and others. Kathy Griffin to host. Get all the details at VH1 Divas Salute the Troops.

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VH1 Divas is back with a new crop of sirens! Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Miley Cyrus will head the lineup of this year’s show, which is set to air live Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9/8c. Peep the press release below, and click hit Divas.VH1.com to share your Divas Story about how your favorite diva influenced your life:

After a four-year hiatus, VH1 will bring back the legendary live concert event VH1 Divas by featuring some of pop music?s most talented female artists ? Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Miley Cyrus. The VH1 Divas concert will be televised live on VH1 on Thursday, September 17 at 9/8c.

For the first time ever, these leading ladies at the top of their musical game will perform together live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York.? Continuing in true Divas tradition, the evening will feature a night of unforgettable performances from various performers, presenters and special guests. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fans can go now to Divas.VH1.com to submit a ?Diva Stories? text or video testimonial that tells the world how their favorite diva has influenced their life. VH1 wants to hear from all Divas? fans ? favorite songs, favorite moments and the craziest things they?ve done to show their diva how they feel.? Select testimonials may be featured online and on-air leading up to this year?s live telecast. Users will also be able to browse and view other?s testimonials as well as receive news and updates on VH1 Divas. In mid-August, VH1 will launch additional online elements including past performances and Divas-inspired music video playlists. Users can also follow all show-related news and details, as well as thoughts on this year?s show from other fans by following the VH1 Divas twitter account at http://twitter.com/vh1divas.

?An amazingly talented group of young women have successfully launched themselves into the global music scene since our last VH1 Divas show.? We?re very excited to have so many of them join us at this year?s momentous event,? said Lee Rolontz, EVP, Original Music Production & Development VH1, and VH1 Classic.? ?Adele, Kelly, Leona and Miley have all captured the world?s attention with their talent and have earned their designation as VH1 Divas this year.? Don?t let some of their young age?s fool you ? these women are among the best entertainers in the world and will continue to thrill music fans for a long time to come.?

Premiering on VH1 in 1998, VH1 Divas became synonymous with some of the most memorable live female vocal performances in television history.? The show quickly became a highly anticipated annual phenomenon, generating speculation among music fans and industry executives on who would be part of that year?s telecast.? Previous featured performers over the years included Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Chaka Khan and many more.

VH1 Divas is executive produced by Lee Rolontz, Rick Krim and Patrizia DiMaria.

As in previous years, VH1 Divas specials raise funds for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in American public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Since VH1 Save The Music was created in 1997, more than $43 million worth of musical instruments have been donated to 1,600 public schools in 100 cities, improving the lives of more than 1.2 million children.

Exclusive VH1 Save The Music VIP tickets and Gold Circle ticket packages will offer premium seating to the live VH1 Divas concert plus pre and post party access and an exclusive gift bag. ?Event sponsorship opportunities are also available to the two distinctively different VH1 Divas Parties on the same night. For more information on tickets or to sponsor an event, please contact: Nia.Mack@vh1savethemusic.com or at 212-846-7324.

VH1 Divas is sponsored by Garnier? Fructis? and CoverGirl?.

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