The host of this year's VH1 Divas, Kathy Griffin is no stranger to the spotlight. Loved by many, hated by few, she was always been a woman who has spoken her mind. Kathy started working as an improv comedian in the 1980s, and broke into the film and television industry with guest appearances in Pulp Fiction and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She is a strong advocate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, as well as supporter for the Aid for AIDS fundraiser.
California girl Katy Perry grew up listening to Gospel music. In 2001, she released a gospel album which had little success due to a collapsing label. After recording another album that was never released, she went on to release the single "Ur So Gay" which captured not only the attention of the internet, but of Madonna who claimed it was her favorite song at the time. While the single failed to place on the charts, she later released "I Kissed A Girl," which topped international charts, and propelled her into stardom.
Queens, New York native Nicki Minaj was discovered through her MySpace page. Her ability to freestyle and memorable curves caught the attention of Dirty Money Entertainment CEO, Fendi, who thought Nicki was a perfect fit for his urban DVD magazine. She later earned the Female Artist of the Year award at the Underground Music Awards, and has since worked with Drake, Lil Wayne and many other high profile artists. Nicki is set to release her debut album Pink on November 22, 2010.
Keri Hilson began writing songs for artists including Beyonce, Britney Spears, Ciara, Usher, and Ludacris in the early-2000s. With the help of producer Polow da Don, she began recording with Timbaland after impressing him with her voice over the phone. Keri went on to record the hit single "The Way I Are" for Timbalands Shock Value. In 2009, she released her debut album, In A Perfect World, which debuted at number four on the Billboard Top 200 selling around 94,000 copies in the first week.
The pop punk band consists of five members, which include Hayley Williams as the lead vocalist, Josh Faro as the lead guitarist, Jeremy Davis as the lead bassist, Zac Farro as the drummer, and Taylor York as the rhythm guitarist. The band name Paramore comes from the maiden name of the mother of one of the group's first bass players. When the band disovered that the meaning of the word paramour was "secret lover," they decided to adopt the name with the adjusted spelling. Paramore has released three albums, with the second going platinum, and the third topping charts internationally.
Sugarland originated as a trio, consisting of Kristen Hall, Kristian Bush, and lead singer Jennifer Nettles. After Kristen's abrupt departure from the group in 2006, the now country duo went on to release four albums. Their superstar status became apparent in 2009, when they gained platinum status for Love on the Inside, a prime-time network television special, Grammy awards, and their first Christmas recording. Sugarland's most recent album, The Incredible Machine, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200, selling approximately 203,000 copies in its first week.
For five years, Grace Potter & Nocturnals have been a self-sufficient touring unit. Led by singer, songwriter, and Hammond B-3 player Grace Potter, the band was formed in 2002 after Potter met drummer Matt Burr at an open-mike session in upstate New York. The group also consists of lead guitarist Scott Tournet, bassist Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Hem) and rhythm guitarist Benny Yurco. The band's third album, hitting this spring, marks an artistic breakthrough for a vital young band caught in the act of fulfilling its immense promise.
Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson are the creative spark behind Heart, a hard rock group that initially found success in the mid-1970s, and gained even greater popularity after engineering a major comeback a decade later. Heart has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and has had 22 Top 40 hits. The band just released its 13th studio album, Red Velvet Car," which debuted in at number 10 on the Billboard Top 200.