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Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson Named First ‘R&B Hall Of Fame’ Inductees

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Much to R&B lovers delight, a recent press release confirms that Cleveland, Ohio will be home to the first induction ceremony of the R&B Music Hall Of Fame  – a newly designed museum to include “state-of-the-art, highly interactive, virtual reality experience” to honor popular music’s legendary R&B artists.

Like its ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’ counterpart, its inductees will include artists who have made considerable impact on the genre as it relates to its evolution and incorporation into mainstream music.

First up?  None more fitting than the late, great icons Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston

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Musical Chairs: Who Should Replace J.Lo On ‘American Idol’?

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As previously reported, reality talent show juggernaut ‘American Idol’ recently bid adieu to two of its judges – Steven Tyler & Jennifer Lopez.  Now, reports circulate that the ‘Ain’t It Funny’ songstress’s exit from ‘Idol’ was everything but a laughing matter, as her demands for an increase in pay led to an unceremonious ousting.

Amidst falling ratings and steeper competition (see:  ‘The Voice’, ‘X Factor USA’), the FOX fan favorite is looking to employ a star who probably fits a bit more comfortably into their budget.  And, given some of the names allegedly in talks to take up Lopez’s vacant chair on the judging panel, possibly for once someone who can actually sing may be put in place.

Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion are just a few names at the front of the race.  Additionally, given the boost afforded to Lopez’s career during her stint on the show, it’s safe to say the aforementioned would appreciate the same.  Or, given Britney Spears (X Factor) and Christina Aguilera‘s (The Voice) inclusions on ‘Idol’s’ fiercest competitors, should FOX executives look for someone younger and more current?

You tell us:  Who (among these and more) should replace Steven Tyler & Jennifer Lopez on ‘American Idol’?

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Watch: Aretha Franklin Performs Musical Tribute To Whitney Houston

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To the world, Whitney Houston was an icon, but to Aretha Franklin she was her God-Daughter.

As such, it was inevitable that the Queen of Soul would pay musical homage to Houston, who tragically passed away last Saturday (February 11th).

Check out Franklin’s emotional tribute to the star she has guided since childhood at a private concert in Charlotte, North Carolina last night…

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BET Honors 2012: Performances

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The 2012 BET Honors aired tonight and tributed the achievements of Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Dr. Maya Angelou, among others. The Gabrielle Union-hosted affair, shot January 14th, took place at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C and saw acts Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Labelle, Stevie Wonder, and more hit the stage to salute the hour’s honorees.

See their moving performances below:

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VH1 Unveils ’100 Greatest Women In Music’, Plans Weeklong Whitney Houston Tributes

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VH1 has completed its quest to crown ‘the ultimate diva’ (based on fan votes) by unveiling its list of the 100 greatest women of music history.  The survey comes as their second – the first saw acts Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner take the number 1 and 2 spots respectively while acts like Madonna and Billie Holiday filled out the top 10.

With 6 categories – “All Time”, “90s”, “80s”, “Pop”, “Rock”, and “Hip Hop/R&B” – VH1 has introduced a more comprehensive compilation of divas to include, unlike their original survey, more contemporary performers (i.e. Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, etc) and base it on achievements in the past 20 years.  Sure to get tongues wagging, the list’s first 20 are set for a televised unveil on tonight’s premiere episode of the five night countdown at 10pm Eastern.

If this list is the best they could do, VH1 may have done better unveiling this on April 1st.  Find out where your fave fell via the full list below:

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It Takes Two: The Best Of Diva Duets

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 As fans embrace ‘The Boy Is Mine’ successor ‘It All Belongs To Me’ – the dynamic R&B reunion of belters Brandy and Monica – the song looks to kick off what may be a year of diva double teams.  With Keyshia Coleseeking the assistance of Ms. Norwood as well, (now silenced) rumors ofRihanna and Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keysentreating Adele, and now news that Britney Spearsmay be featured on Queen of Pop Madonna‘s forthcoming ‘MDNA’, the divas are joining forces like never before to tackle the Billboard charts.

In honor (and anticipation) of these 2012 alliances, That Grape Juice has collected 12 of our favorite diva duets.

See who made our list after the jump:

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VH1 To Crown ‘The 100 Greatest Women In Music’

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Seems like divas are everyone’s talk.  For, much like That Grape Juice, VH1 is on a quest to crown ‘the ultimate diva’  and (based on fan votes) tally up the 100 greatest women of music history.  The survey comes as their second – the first saw acts Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner take the number 1 and 2 spots respectively while acts like Madonna and Billie Holiday filled out the top 10.

As with most ‘best of’ collections however, much fan uproar encouraged the music channel to redo and revamp their original listing.  With 6 categories – “All Time”, “90s”, “80s”, “Pop”, “Rock”, and “Hip Hop/R&B” – VH1 is introducing a more comprehensive compilation of divas to include, unlike their original survey, more contemporary performers.

With singer acts like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce facing off against legends Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Barbara Streisand, Madonna, and more, the results should be more than interesting.  As the first of the series’ week long airing starts February 13th, fans must hurry before voting closes.

Will your fave land on top?  Click here to vote!

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Results: ‘The Ultimate Diva’

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We asked and boy, did you answer.  With a whopping total of over 21,000 votes, the faithful fans of Aretha, Celine, Cher, Diana, Janet, Madonna, Mariah, Patti, Tina, and Whitney replied in groves to support their favorites in this showdown.  One of our best yet, we asked ‘Who is the ultimate diva’?  In arenas of fashion, influence, and more, you voiced your opinion on which of the aforementioned divas reigned supreme.

‘Control’ diva Janet Jackson was undoubtedly in control of this panel, sweeping most of the categories.  But does she come out on top?

Without further adieu, the results of the tight race to choose the ultimate diva await:

*All polls represent data calculated by 12a.m., January 16th*

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