2011 VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul With Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan & More

VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul is back for another year of classic performances. The franchise, which pays tribute to the cities including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia  where soul gave birth to music’s timeless classics, has set up a guaranteed buzzworthy show.

Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + the Machine, Kelly Clarkson and Jessie J will be joined by the newly added Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz ll Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Travie McCoy to headline the show for an unforgettable night. The Roots will also perform as House Band of the night.

“We are so excited to feature these diverse and multi-talented women and men joining our Divas roster this year to showcase the global impact of soul music and how influential and inspirational the music is to today’s chart-topping artists,” said Lee Rolontz, EVP, Original Music Production & Development, VH1 and VH1 Classic. As in previous years, the VH1 Divas will benefit VH1 Save the Music Foundation and its programs to restore music education in public schools.

The diverse group of performers will take the stage at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom airing on Monday December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1. –Krystal Holmes