VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul

December 20, 2011  |  

After much anticipation, VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul aired last night with an amazing lineup of performers paying tribute to the cities that put soul music on the map, like Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, and Memphis.

Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Jessie J, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Chaka Khan, and more were in the building paying homage to great cities, great music, and British soul diva Amy Winehouse.

Check out a recap of some of the most talked about performances below and tell us which were your favorites and which you weren’t feeling.

J Hud, Kelly Clarkson, and Mary J. Blige opened the show with spins on some of their classic songs like  “Real Love,” “Since You’ve Been Gone,” and “Spotlight.”


Nas introduced the performers for the Amy Winehouse tribute, calling Amy his “soul sister” and admitting that her song “Me and Mr. Jones” was about him. That was the most charming part of the tribute as the other singers didn’t quite hit the mark in their renditions of “Back to Black” and “You Know I’m No Good.”


J Hud sang “Night of Your Life” in her solo set, but Twitter’s seemed to find her guilty of jacking someone else’s style as the usually stationary singer pulled out a few moves in her Beyonce-esque dress.


Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Black Thought shared the stage remixing “You Got Me.”


Mary J and Chaka Kahn ended the show on a high note with “Aint Nobody” as Chaka revealed her svelte new body.

Did you catch VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul last night? Who had the best performances in your opinion?

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