VH1 Divas Bounces Back With Stellar 2011 Line-up

Published: Thursday 27th Oct 2011 by Sam

VH1 attracted critique from many a corner last year for the questionable line-up of acts assembled for their ‘Divas’ re-boot. However, if this year’s newly announced list of headliners is anything to go by, the hit annual is back on form and in a big way.

Find out who’ll be celebrating this year’s Soul theme in December below…

The network today announced the following headliners for the extravaganza:

* Mary J Blige

* Kelly Clarkson

* Jennifer Hudson

* Jill Scott

* Florence + Machine

* Jessie J

The impressive cast of vocalists will be backed by The Roots, who will serve as the houseband at the New York event which airs December 19th.

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As one who remembers being a child captivated by earlier versions of the show and the headliners of yesteryear (see: Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, among others), this is certainly quite the coup for the network. Especially after last year’s random array of acts.

The ladies above -despite being at different stages of their careers-all represent similar things. Sass, confidence, and above all, vocals! Special shout-out goes to Jessie J, who is doing a fantastic job of flying the British flag. We can’t wait!

What do you think of the line-up?

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  1. beyonce steals 2 much!!! October 27, 2011

    beyonce cannot stay away shes putting out flops after flops .billboard doesnt take her serious anymore . all her videos are stolen from other artist and old ass movie scenes , if beyonce would take about three years off the world would be better , she has about 6 videos out and the radio keeps playing her b******* .the 4 album is far from epic ,beyonce has to come with some originality she is not legendary material! stop with the lies , beyonce is a legend shes epic ,, this b**** is a overrated exposed attention w**** who hogs the spotlight ,she only likes hers fans for one reason ,,,,,,,MONEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. buy my dvds ,my cd, my house of b*******! my stank ass perfume……. beyonce copys so much she named her perfumes after some of toni braxton’s albums pulse, heat,etc lol this is the reason i cant f*** with her. she has copied major lazor , anne , donna summers, etta james, diana ross , tina turner, bob fosse , khia, jlo, ciara , rihanna , nicki minaj, chilites, jonathan butler, boyz to men, aaliyah , keri hilson , tlc, josephine baker, anita baker ,desree, and many more that i dont feel like naming . beyonce needs to sit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so sick of this b**** ..

  2. Kimberly October 27, 2011

    what was the post about again?? someone is really pressed and jealous of this woman. went on a post just to say that? lol amazing how the power of an artist can reign through the minds of a lot of people. someone who has exudes so much positive energy, one little devil will never change her status

  3. I Am… October 27, 2011

    what does Beyonce have to do with this post at all?????? anyways hater thanks for keeping her name in your mouth!

  4. KD October 27, 2011

    I see Bey has someone pressed.

    Anyway, the line-up is perfect, no mediocre pretend singers on the list.

  5. Kimberly October 27, 2011

    when the queen is supplying for her fans hardly anywhere singing and taking part in events. keeping her fans upbeat. the haters are still pressed. they get on her post her videos everywhere like little possessed devils. they wanted her to get pregnant. they wanted her to sit. now that she cannot even handle her era as she wishes they still complain. it just shows how much power she has even not doing much. this woman will forever reign in music. after 15 years and still has this impact.

    anyway this is a great line up, talented women, great music, soulful vocies that never seem to get their shine on billboard 100.

  6. Kreaygang October 27, 2011

    Yeah nobody cares bout flop beyonce! Anyway I know ya been waiting kreayshawn debut album drops early next year!!! You can expect tha charts to go HAM!! When that album drop… It will sell way more than watch the trone when it drops. White girl mob it’s kreayshawn world ya favs just living in it

  7. Kimberly October 27, 2011

    There are artist who were born to be and some who just got lucky and try too hard. the artist who are perfected in their field no doubt last to become icons and legends because there is something special about them and the lack luster, ones eventually fall alone the wayside.
    Diana ross, michael jackson, tina turner, barbara, they were all hated on but their power kept them alive to become musical legends. This is normal. It is a way of keeping an artist relevant at least 30% of the time

  8. RusselxJones October 27, 2011

    LMFFFFAAOOOO!!! I HAD TO READ THE ARTICLE AGAIN TO SEE IF BEYONCE WAS EVEN MENTIONNED ! WOW . Bey really got ’em mad rofl. I love it x)

  9. DestinyBoston October 27, 2011

    still talking about beyonce 🙂 woot woot!

  10. B’Stat October 27, 2011

    @KIMBERLY
    i agree 100% your awesome!

  11. A October 27, 2011

    no Brandy????????????????

    she even had a tv show with two seasons on Vh1!!…..

    she would have fitted PERFECTLY with that line up

  12. Stormy October 27, 2011

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas

    im only watching for JILL!!!!!

  13. Bird October 27, 2011

    lol brandy tho?

    her reality show doesnt set her apart from EVERYONE else with a tv show so i dont see how that should get her a pass to perform on DIVAS.

    and WHAT IS SHE GONNA PERFORM??? I just wanna be down?

    seriously.

  14. The G-List Society October 27, 2011

    They need a little bit more star power here like Alicia, Beyonce, Brandy, Whitney, Adele, Mariah, Celine, Madonna, Janet or Diana. The list boasts a VERY nice group of women, but I don’t think it will pull enough star power to draw in the ratings.

  15. The G-List Society October 27, 2011

    I’m just glad that Keyshia Cole ain’t on this list. I swear all the BET awards shows she’s done has made me not want to see another show on BET.

  16. Kimberly October 27, 2011

    @ DESTINY BOSTON , YOU CRACK ME UP. THIS IS REALLY BECOMING FUN NOW. THEY COMING FOR THE ARTIST WHO HAS GRADUATED FROM POP STAR TO ICON STATUS. I AM BEGINNING TO GET THE REAL MOTIVE OF THEIR HATE WITH IS JEALOUSY AND INTIMIDATION.

  17. JohnVidal October 27, 2011

    Still not like those first true Divas Live cos that´s impossible (to have such legendary names together, cos there is nobody legenday in nowadays charts) but really awesome compared to the s*** they did last year. Nobody cares too much anyway. With the first ones they even released them as albums

  18. PARTY October 27, 2011

    Lmao..rofl bwahahhahahahahhahahaha….. Beyonce clearly runs the music industry and people mines lmao. This article have nothing to do with her at all and some moron with no life, no brain, no friends and needs to b n a mental intution, brings her up lmao rofl….Beyonce cleary is that B**** of the Music Industry…meaning shes bad ass hell…to have people thinking about her all the time lmao lmao lmao lmao

  19. PAT October 27, 2011

    like the author…growing up on the shows featuring whit, aretha, diana ross, etc…..these new shows just dont excite me….

    OAN: im convinced beyonce’s fans post as haters on topics that arent even about her just to get people to praising her…SAD……anywho…..

  20. tilis October 27, 2011

    I’m still waiting for Monica to be in a VH1 divas line-up.

  21. JohnVidal October 27, 2011

    @the g-list society
    Agreed!
    To have something similar (and still it wouldn´t be) to the first Divas concerts they would need something like Alicia+Adele+Gaga+Beyonce (talking about star power)

  22. YOOSONDALOOSE October 27, 2011

    A Million times better than last year… but still missing something, will watch though, seems alright!

  23. Kimberly October 27, 2011

    @ PAT
    STUPID B**** WHY WOULD A FAN DO THAT?? TO TALK NASTY HAVEN’T YOU CHECK THE RECORD OF THE S*** WHO POSTED THIS? IT SEEMS ABSURD TO YOU RIGHT THE EXTEND THE HEATERS GO, RIGHT? WELL YES IT IS TRUE.
    KEEP PELTING STONES AT THE QUEEN ON THE THORN……

  24. Bey’knight October 27, 2011

    Am i d only one that re-read the article to confirm Beyonce wasnt mentioned. Lawwd, this person (if its an actual being) needs mental & spiritual intervention ASAP!

    Anyways i was really hyped when i read d intro. The performers arent d biggest broads in d game except MJB but they can do performances justice, im here Florence & the machine, Jessie J n MJB, not so much Jhud n ive already forgotten whoever else is on d list

  25. Bey’knight October 27, 2011

    @Pat

    Wat is sad is that you’ll convince yourself of anything because to help u sleep at night … Sad really

  26. LouLou October 27, 2011

    Brandy already headlined vh1 divas. I believe it was 1999. She was alongside Whitney, Chaka, and sang a duet with Faith Hill. All you haters need to realize, she has already done what your favorite is just doing.

  27. truthis October 27, 2011

    VH1 needs to add Monica to that list…i mean they are going with the soul theme!!!!

    Its time Monica performed there, she has never gotten on that stage to show her
    talents and voice at Divas…would be awesome!

  28. rob October 27, 2011

    kelly clarkson is gunna slay , i just hope she dont look fat and out of breath like she did on xfactor

  29. Staymad October 27, 2011

    Beyonce and Lady GaGa bave ZERO soul. Which is what this concert is honoring. Who gives a fruck if you nobodies don’t like the lineup. Get over it.. Can’t wait to see the show.

  30. PARTY October 27, 2011

    @PAT…..Please STFU! U are clearly a moron and dumb ass hell just like the idiot that brung Beyonce in this topic. Why the hell would a Beyonce fan talk crap about her…to get people to talk about her. Beyonce will always b talked about…by dumb asses like u and that other idiot…so STFU and bite a d***!

  31. Kreaygang October 27, 2011

    Why is beyonce always getting tha buzz on this site WTF!!! We got more good artist out there that needs there shine to. Like kreayshawn she is a role model for all white girls like me she is opening up doors for us white girls to rap & just have fun in this rap industry. It ain’t always bout the color of ya skin it’s bout getting along with each other… I look up to v nasty, kreayshawn, they make me wanna rap what I’m saying grape juice give kreayshwn some more shine on here she is working hard for us white girls out here. I’m from tha bay just letting kreayshawn know us white girl are holding you down out here. Kreay you keep doing you and hold it down for us white girls and ya n***** out here

  32. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) October 27, 2011

    Great.In all honesty, after last year’s fiasco, ANYTHING would seem better 😕 😎 All of the ladies are good vocalists with different distinctive tones.I think it’s only going to get better each year from now on if they keep trying.Providing that this year’s show is a success, then next year they will be able to book more high profile acts (including a certain Christina Aguilera :D)

    I’ll be checking for the show and I’m hoping for some amazing vocal performances…

  33. Andrew October 27, 2011

    YES!!!! also i see you with that childhood captivation comment… those first few shows were seriously everything to me as a kid too, and i’m so happy to see this stellar line up for this year’s show.

  34. Imgunnacheckuboo October 27, 2011

    I’m sorry but if this is it, I could care less. Mary and Kelly have done it before. And Florence? That old looking young chick? smh

  35. Kimberly October 27, 2011

    who is kreashawn?? wow, is she the white girl lloking like cancer rick ross almost tear apart? i am confused, where is she from and why is she mentioned on here, when no one know her ? what genre does she sing?

  36. mobwife October 27, 2011

    STELLAR? *Kanye shrug*

    Jill Scott ABSOLUTELY!

    MJB has a new project to pedal and frankly, I’m not sure how well she is going to fair this go around. Rihanna might actually out sell her!

    J-HUD is a singing fool but she lacks that “it girl” star quality of a Beyonce. I’m nor sure what the issue is with her because she has an amazing voice.

    Kelly Clarkson is another singing fool. I’m not sure why she fell off so hard! I’m not feeling her new country vibe at all.

    I love Jesse J’s voice and look forward to her performance.

    I’m not sure who this is? —> Florence + Machine

  37. A DIVA IS THE FEMALE VERSION OF A HUSTLER October 27, 2011

    MJB is the closest to being considered a “diva”, but the rest? NO! VH-1 was obviously desperate to fill slots.

  38. Flashing Green October 27, 2011

    YESSSSSSS QUEEN OF R&B J. BLIGE IS PERFOMING !!! WILL DEFINELTY BE WATCHING !!!

    THE QUEEN IS HERE TO STAY !!!!

  39. mobwife October 27, 2011

    @beyonce steals 2 much!!!
    October 27, 2011 at 9:09 am
    beyonce cannot stay away shes putting out flops after flops .billboard doesnt take her serious anymore
    ______________________________________________________________

    WAIT……WHAT? Where is Beyonce’s name posted in the above post entry? Stop…….just stop!

  40. @_Learik_ October 27, 2011

    UMMM Where is Adele!!! The people who are over this show need to be replaced… there are so many wonderful singers and they need to be recognized… Ledisi, Kelly Price, Rachelle Ferrel and many others.

  41. voicelera October 27, 2011

    LMAO where is Christina Aguilera????

    They probably asked her to join, but she declined? Anyway.

  42. mobwife October 27, 2011

    @Kreaygang
    October 27, 2011 at 10:18 am
    I look up to v nasty, kreayshawn, they make me wanna rap what I’m saying grape juice give kreayshwn some more shine on here she is working hard
    __________________________________________________________________

    LMDHO….is this a gag post? There are actual female MCs in the game, these two don’t qualify. If you are serious about rapping you might want to check a few good “FEMCEEs” out! Gucci Gucci was GARBAGE GARBAGE hence the reason she isn’t featured on this and any other blog site!

    But hey, to each his or her own so “keep hope alive”! 🙂

  43. JER October 27, 2011

    Not feeling Mary J. Blige or Jessie J. Mary screams live and sounds hoarse. She’s better in the studio and Jessie J is just straight up an A1 certified hot mess at all times. I wish Adele was on there…

  44. MALE MADONNA October 27, 2011

    Where the f*** is MONICA??

  45. stiffen October 27, 2011

    HELL YESS!!! FLORENCE+THE MACHINE!!!!!!!
    Glad they finally got it right , after one hot bubblin mess that is last year…

  46. Gemini October 27, 2011

    @LouLou
    Thank you some folks dont get it brandy has already done most of the things they fav havent they need to get it through their heads

  47. Chile Please!! October 27, 2011

    @ beyonce steals 2 much!!!

    Yessssssssssssss speak that s***! I know that’s right! I can’t stand her….& Yes she is overrated! Thanks for that wonderful post….I love it!

  48. Love on top October 27, 2011

    I would only watch if christina joined But I’ll watch for jessie j sake

  49. danny b October 27, 2011

    In this day in age, a great, diversified line up would be:

    Beyonce
    Adele
    Christina Aguilera
    Fantasia
    Monica
    Leona Lewis

    with a surprise appearance from Whitney at the end of the night.

  50. Theman October 27, 2011

    Kelly Clarkson is awesome and she always delivers. Mary will do her thang. Jessie J. is great, and Jill Scott is amazing. They hsould throwm Brandy/Monica in there as well, even Carrie Underwood whom happens to be amazing.

  51. shawn wright October 27, 2011

    The perfect lineup
    Kelly Rowland
    Adele
    Carrie underwood
    F and the machines
    Jill Scott

  52. tyler October 27, 2011

    Lmfao nobody gonna watch this. They all boring. I will watch Kelly Clarkson and Jesse j and change the channel

  53. Flashing Green October 27, 2011

    So many kids on this site always talking about the lessors…..

    Anyway

    Mary is performing and that’s all that matters

  54. kiddontplay October 27, 2011

    I really Need Brandy to come on Out with an Album so that we can get some good Music to our ears>>>>>Tired of them naming the ppl who try and sing!!!I want a real singer!!!!!!BRANDY> Where Are You?

  55. creativei October 27, 2011

    LMAOO WTF IS THE FIRST COMMENT ABOUT AGAIN… GET A LIFE FOOL….®

  56. Deveal2014 October 27, 2011

    Be clear @Mary J Blige queen of hiphop & Soul has been on this Divas program more then any other so called Diva ever!!!this is like her hat 9th time on ???Yes Mary & her epic vocals are gonna slay them all . Ive been waiting on this forever a true vocal Diva off!!!!!!!!!!!!! We haven’t had one since the belter days but I see its slowly coming back . Everybody there are pretty good vocalist and have vocal talent which mean most won’t watch cuz people half naked won’t be running around but the Queen MJB will reign supreme I suggest you all check it out .

  57. Small_Angel October 27, 2011

    I’ll be excited if i read a “CHRISTINA AGUILERA and ADELE” on the post. I think xtina is not icluded coz she doesn’t have any material out this year other than MLJ. Soul this year maybe Pop next year. Line up

    Britney Spears
    Christina Aguilera
    Beyonce
    Katy Perry
    Lady Gaga
    Rihanna
    Avril Lavigne
    Madonna

    lol
    what a dream!

  58. Queentina>Your Fave October 27, 2011

    A damn shame!! Aint nobody checking for anyone on this line up

  59. Kgirl October 27, 2011

    VH1 needs to change the name of this show because frankly for a show that has been going since the 90s has lost its purpose. What people used to consider a diva is not up to par with todays music. And for the Mary haters you can stop with your complain she been in the game 20+ years and has done VH1 divas SINCE 99 singing along side the greats she ‘s not going anywhere. She don’t have to sell millions any more she can retire now and be set. She puts albums out so her fans can still hear from her. Most of the people commenting on here are a bunch of new generation singers who don’t get if it wasn’t for the older artist the new “musicians” wouldn’t have music to jack. These Young artist need to pay tribute to people like Mary J Blige , Mariah ,Monica, just like they paid their respects to Aretha, Patti, and Anita . A lot of peoples comments on here have artist who have yet to pay there dues in the industry up so high on a pedestal its ridiculous

  60. carl October 28, 2011

    It’s not a stellar line up til you get destiny’ s child to perform a medley of #1 hits!

  61. carl October 28, 2011

    They need to get a destiny’s child reunion!

  62. MG October 28, 2011

    the first comment SMH – anyway. A bit of props for Florence & The Machine please – she is British too!!!!

  63. NYC-Superstar October 28, 2011

    Jill Scott will blow everyone away. -Thats all-

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