Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, & Jessie J Celebrate Soul with ‘VH1 Divas’

“VH1 Divas” is getting a shot of soul. Powerhouse vocalists Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Jessie J, and more will bring down the house at this year’s show.

VH1’s beloved franchise returns to pay tribute to the cities where soul gave birth to music’s most powerful classics and inspired today’s divas. Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Jessie J, Kelly Clarkson, and Florence + The Machine will honor these cities and soul music’s timeless classics at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” premieres December 19 at 9 p.m. on VH1.

The cities honored include Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis, and Philadelphia. Back by The Roots and musical director ?uestlove, each diva will perform soul-inspired songs including some of the genre’s greatest classics.

“This year’s telecast will showcase the vast impact soul music has had on the 21st century’s music and pop culture landscape as our talented and diverse lineup will attest,” said Lee Rolontz, EVP, Original Music Production & Development, VH1 and VH1 Classic. “This year’s ‘Divas’ offers a modern twist on soul music, all while tipping its hat to the legacy of key cities that created this musical heritage.”

Last year, Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, Katy Perry, and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles joined forces to salute the troops.