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The incomparable Patti LaBelle has been captivating the music industry since she first hit the scene more than 50 years ago. Since that moment, she has mesmerized us with her incredible range, soul and passion, while blazing a trail for powerful female contemporary singers like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. So as Patti prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday, we figured there was no better tribute than taking a look back at some of this diva’s most incredible performances.
This a lowkey “where you been?!” post because I don’t know where VH1 dug up Bootsy Collins from for their annual “Divas” celebration Sunday night, but he was there in full shimmer. The man who told us he could “take a lickin’ and keep on tickin'” looked like a ticking time bomb when he hit the red carpet in a jacket that surely required all the sequins in JoAnn Fabrics to make. We can’t even talk about the rings, the glasses, or the hat, so we’re gonna let ya’ll do that. Capture this pic of Bootsy doing what he does and tell us what the hayell he’s doing.
Ciara Does “Billie Jean,” Kelly Rowland & Co. Pay Tribute To Donna Summer, And Folks Do Their Best Whitney For “VH1 Divas”
Did you check out Vh1 Divas last night? If you didn’t, that’s okay, because we know the lineup of performers weren’t all that exciting at first glance, but there were definitely some interesting and mad entertaining performances! No worries, we’ve got the clips here for you if you’re wondering how everybody did.
Out of all the people who put on a show on the main stage, the most interesting performances, in my opinion, came from Ciara, Kelly Rowland/Keri Hilson/Adam Lambert, and Jordin Sparks/Melanie Fiona/Ledisi. For some reason, the show about divas took the time out to show some love to Michael Jackson, and to do so, they asked Ciara to put on her best moves to imitate MJ’s classic “Billie Jean” performance from the “Motown 25″ special from 1983. Definitely some HUGE shoes to fill, but I can’t hate, Ciara actually did the damn “thang.”
She opened up with the moon walk and reinterpreted some of Michael’s classic moves in a feminine way, but she knew JUST the right moment to quit, as she broke out into a performance of her single, “Got Me Good” soon after. Loved it! Plus, as usual, her body was looking especially fit, which I know was inspiring some ladies watching last night. And on a positive note, she finally left the “matrix” move of yesteryear at home. Say what you want about the girl, but with her long limbs and especially great dance moves, she can definitely put on a show.
If that wasn’t enough for you, there was also a performance done as a tribute to the late, great Donna Summer. With Kelly Rowland singing “Bad Girls,” Keri Hilson doing “She Works Hard For The Money,” Adam Lambert (yes, the host of the night and former “American Idol” star performed multiple times actually) doing “Hot Stuff,” and the trio doing “Last Dance,” it was a VERY interesting performance to say the least. From Keri’s voice sounding like she was whining, to Kelly squealing and making some random noises and Adam almost falling down when his part began, it was all a bit all over the place. However, they pulled it all back together for “Last Dance,” where they were all hitting some good high notes and stopped being so cheesy. But the first few minutes? Yeah, probably could have gone without it…*Kanye shrug*
Last but not least of course, Jordin Sparks, Melanie Fiona and Ledisi paid tribute to Whitney Houston with performances of “I’m Every Woman” by Sparks, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” done by Fiona, and Ledisi doing “How Will I Know.” Out of the three, I was actually pleasantly surprised that I was grooving the most to Ledisi, as she proved once again that homegirl can SANG! Plus, her dance moves weren’t too bad either. Sparks wasn’t bad of course (and she looked fab), and though she was moving around a bit too much instead of really singing, I was digging Fiona’s performance of “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay,” probably because it’s one of my most favorite songs ever. Kudos to the ladies for trying some very difficult jams, but delivering. And shout out to Brandy for introducing them and looking gorgeous!
All in all, the show was all right. There were times when it seemed they just called anybody to come and get on stage. They’d shout a name and you would think, “Who!?” Plus, some of the twists they put on classic songs like “Bad Girls” wasn’t really my cup of tea (let’s keep it simple next time). Definitely wasn’t like the Divas programs that folks like Mary J. Blige and Whitney Houston used to kill, but it was fun enough. What did you think of the show though? If you haven’t seen the whole thing, check out these clips and let us know what you thought way down below!
Although we knew a month ago that Ciara was going to be apart of VH1’s annual “Divas” celebration, we only recently learned that part of her role would be to honor the always imitated, never duplicated Michael Jackson.
Showing off her preparations, Miss Ciara, recently tweeted this pic of her doing what, we’re not so sure. We know the girl can dance, and though we don’t mind her actually covering up her insanely fit body for once, the shades, cornrows, fitted cap, and all black everything look a little suspect, not too mention hot as hell for rehearsal. All Ciara had to say about this pic was: “Let The Music Take U There…Dance Wit Me…#VH1Divas 12/16, ” but we wanna hear what you think she’s got going on on exactly…have at it!
It’s “VH1 Divas” time again and this year the network is switching up their usual soulful M.O. In the past, strong singers like Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, and Jennifer Hudson graced the stage for the annual event, but this time around VH1 is going the pop route.
According to a press release from VH1:
This year’s show will celebrate the dance-inducing music that is the vibrant soundtrack to every major blowout bash, unforgettable party and night out on the town. VH1 is bringing together Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks to pay homage to the greatest divas of dance music with performances featuring current and classic dance hits.
“This is going to be one hell of a party! We are extremely thrilled to have the extraordinarily talented Adam Lambert as our 2012 VH1 Divas host,” says Lee Rolontz, EVP, Original Music Production & Development, VH1 and VH1 Classic. “The world has truly been inspired by dance music and what better way for VH1 to pay tribute than by honoring legends Whitney Houston and Donna Summer through song and dance.”
That’s an interesting mix of ladies to pull off a tribute to two musical powerhouses like Whitney and Donna, but I guess VH1 just wanted to mix it up this time around. Hope it works.
“VH1 Divas” airs Sunday, December 16 at 9pm. Will you tune in?
Who tuned in to Monday night’s showing of VH1 DIVAS Celebrate Soul? We’ve commented on some of the red carpet looks, but the real show-stopping ensembles could be seen during the performances. And the fashions – much like the performances – were hit and miss. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but some of the looks took center stage and other’s we wished would exit stage left. Click ‘Next’ to peep some of the best and few of the worst performance outfits of the night…
Go Divas! (*does two snaps*)
For this weekend’s VH1 Divas special, all of your favorite soul singers and sistahs with voices got dolled up for both the carpet and the big stage. While all the talk is about their awesome performances, we should take a minute to chat about their fashion choices as well.
Jilly from Phiilly was looking anything but blue in this blueburry-colored ensemble that had flashbulbs on fire, baby! Her floor-length gown was ruched and peppered with small details, including tiny rhinestones/crystals in between her girls. She added some flair to the fit with a big-ol luxurious blue and black fur coat and brought it back to simplicity with a clean black clutch, and medium-sized silver hoops. She topped it all of with a braided hump and some bright bling on her wrist and fingers.
Everyone knows that ever since homegirl lost weight, you can’t keep her from showing off that bodacious bod. And I’m not mad at her! She jumped on the carpet in this…let’s just call it beige-ish…short stretchy number with lace detailing around the neckline. The v-neck dress left just enough leg out for her thigh high sparkly boots and their belted detail. Her jewelry was also blinged out with smarkly bangles, a couple fly rings, some major hoops and what looks like some extra material from the dress wrapped around the neck. To finish off the whole look she went for a fun bob with fresh curls and some sassy and sophisticated makeup.
So what do we think? If you ask me, both ladies definitely captured the “diva” look! However, if I was to choose, I would probably go for Jill’s ensemble over JHud’s. Jennifer’s look was a little to “fresh” for me (and confusing with the random neck attire), but she definitely looks hot in it. Now, if Jill could drop the fur coat and was rocking Jennifer’s hair, this would read me all over. But I still like it. Steal, for Jilly from Philly (minus the obnoxious coat) and a polite stop it for Jenn. What do you think?
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More star power has been added to the lineup for the VH1 Divas special airing next month. Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius, and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, will now join Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence Welch, and Jessie J for the annual special. Boys II Men and Travie McCoy will also perform.
VH1 Divas will also celebrate soul this year by paying tribute Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis, and Philadelphia–the so-called soulful cities which inspired the headlining divas. The special airs Monday, Dec. 19, at 9 pm.
What do you think about the additional acts? Who are you most excited to see?
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VH1 is going to be doing “diva” right with a lineup of some exceptional talent, including Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and Jennifer Hudson. To make a good thing even better, The Roots will serve as the house band and ?uestlove is set to double as the musical director for the night.
Sweet! (Is anybody else geeked that The Roots are finally getting the mainstream shine they deserve?)
The ladies will be paying tribute to the birthplaces of soul music, including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. We’re sure Jilly from Philly will tackle that last one. Of course we’d argue that there are a few other places that are missing but we’ll take what we can get.
The annual award show will take place at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom and will air on December 19 at 9 p.m. on VH1.
Do you usually watch this awards show? Will you watch this year?