The star of VH1’s upcoming Daytime Divas, Vanessa Williams, will also grace us with her musical talents on VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night. Confirmed today, Williams will be joined by an impressive lineup of artists including Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, and Teyana Taylor.
The event marks the franchise’s return after a four-year hiatus and will air Monday, December 5th at 9pm on VH1. Read the full press release below.
As you count down the days until the event, watch Vanessa Williams discuss how music has always been a crucial part of her life to VH1 in a vault clip from 2004.
NEW YORK, NY, November 17, 2016 – Pop culture icon and star of VH1’s upcoming scripted drama “Daytime Divas,” Vanessa Williams has been added to the list of performers at this year’s VH1 DIVAS HOLIDAY: UNSILENT NIGHT. She joins the ranks of previously announced headliners Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Teyana Taylor and Chaka Khan.
“I’m thrilled to continue my long-standing relationship with VH1,” says Williams. “Performing on ‘VH1 Divas’ is the perfect way to start the holiday season.”
While this will serve as Williams’ VH1 DIVAS debut, her impressive history of musical success illustrates what a fantastic addition she is to the star-studded lineup. Along with Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Teyana Taylor, Williams is set to perform a medley of her hit songs and a holiday classic. Williams has two highly acclaimed holiday albums titled “Star Bright” and “Silver & Gold.”
Since the release of her 1988 album “The Right Stuff” – which reached platinum status in the United States and earned her a NAACP Image Award and three Grammy nominations – Williams’ professional prowess has repeatedly manifested itself across various musical charts. Her certified triple-platinum album “The Comfort Zone” is home to a slew of chart-toppers; most notably, “Save the Best for Last” held the number one spot for five weeks in the United States, and also reached number one in Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada.
Vanessa Williams has achieved success in every area of entertainment, including the worlds of music, theatre, film and television. She has sold millions of albums, earning multiple Grammy and Tony Award nominations. She has starred in numerous films, television and Broadway productions and has earned seven NAACP Image Awards, as well as multiple Emmy Award nominations and many other honors and accolades as the deliciously wicked Wilhelmina Slater on the hit ABC series, “Ugly Betty.” Her relationship with VH1 dates back to hosting “The Soul of VH1” to starring as “Ebony Scrooge” in the VH1 Original Movie, “A Diva’s Christmas Carol” to the upcoming original series, “Daytime Divas.”
Since its inception in 1998, VH1 DIVAS has assembled the most dynamic and prolific female performers the industry has to offer, celebrating their raw talent and invaluable contributions to pop culture. After a four-year hiatus, the DIVAS have returned, just in time for the holidays, for a night that promises to be both festive and fabulous in equal measure.
“VH1’S DIVAS HOLIDAY: UNSILENT NIGHT” will air Monday, December 5th at 9PM ET.
Current sponsors of “VH1 DIVAS HOLIDAY UNSILENT NIGHT” special event include BROOKSIDE, Honey Nut Cheerios, and LG V20.
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“VH1 DIVAS HOLIDAY: UNSILENT NIGHT” is produced by Den of Thieves with executive producers Jesse Ignatovic, Evan Prager, Chris Choun, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge. Amy Doyle, Ryan Kroft and Elena Diaz are Executive Producers for VH1. Joseph Buoye is executive in charge of production for VH1.
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Den of Thieves has emerged as a force for ambitious music driven event shows and uniquely stylized television series. Using their extensive experience working with talent, their credits cover a vast array of formats and include ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60, Comedy Central’s Key & Peele Super Bowl Special, MTV’s Greatest Party Story Ever, as well as American Idol on FOX, the CMT Awards, the iHeart Radio Music Awards, the Radio Disney Music Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.
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