From The Vault: Beyonce, Rihanna, Ciara, Mariah, Mary J & More Perform ‘Just Stand Up’ Live…Together

It goes without saying that we love  our divas we do here at  That Grape Juice. So  imagine our excitement when 2008 brought with it the ‘Artists Stand Up to Cancer’ project and its larger-than-life line up.

Helmed by the legendary combo of L.A. Reid and Babyface, ‘Just Stand Up!’ was released released in August 2008 as part of the ‘Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C)’ charity / cancer research campaign. Fronted by somewhat of a “super-group”, consisting of Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Natasha Bedingfield, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Keyshia Cole, LeAnn Rimes, Ashanti and Ciara; this project was many a fan’s dream come true… or worst nightmare.

The single achieved moderate success in the US where it peaked at the 11th position of the Billboard Hot 100 and was also popular in Canada where it reached at #10 on the official charts. It was a Top 40 hit in the UK (#26) and in Australia (#39)

Following the initial buzz of the recorded track, the featured artists assembled to perform the cut live during the ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ TV special; a huge feat in itself given the schedules of the largely A-list line-up. And while Etheridge, Crow and Rimes couldn’t hit the stage, the stars (who were joined by replacement Nicole Scherzinger) put on quite the show.

While staged for an amazing cause, any such showing, naturally, calls for comparison. We’re sure you know we feel nailed it vs those who sounded like they were gargling concrete; but we want to know what you think:

Who did best?
Who should have stayed?
Where was Ciara?

Sound off below!

Your thoughts?

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  1. mokok-lee May 20, 2012

    Love this song! Just wish there was more Mariah!!!

  2. I’m Ready 4Ya May 20, 2012

    Miley and rihanna Omg *cringe* they were a mess!! I don’t really remember who Had solos O_o I remember the studio version I liked Fergie part at the end? But where was Ciara

  3. I’m Ready 4Ya May 20, 2012

    Miley and rihanna Omg *cringe* they were a mess!! I don’t really remember who Had solos O_o I remember the studio version I liked Fergie part at the end? But where was Ciara ? She looked super hot tho

    • Jamaican Bouy May 21, 2012

      OMG Rihanna and Miley shud just stand there and look cute!!! Horrific!!!!!!! lol 🙂

  4. rob75 May 20, 2012

    the only ones who effed it up were rihanna, miley, nicole and fergie… beyonce and carrie held it together

  5. Mess May 20, 2012

    Rihanna and miley *b**** slap you 3 h**** they f***** up big time

  6. Sleazy May 20, 2012

    Where was my girl cici? A b**** slayed the f*** outta those heels and leather pants! She looked AMAZING! I loved leona. Mariah. Bey. Natasha

  7. D.Strock May 20, 2012

    Rihanna sounded fine to me. It’s just Miley ruined that part for me. Carrie Underwood really sang that solo though. Color me impressed

  8. Siberian Prince May 20, 2012

    Queen Mariah slaaaaayed all these h*** with her high note and five octive range. Miley, Fergie, and Rihanna f***** up the song. I dont remember Ashanti or Ciara. Mary J f***** up her part. But queen Mariah Slaaaaayed these h***. Yea i said it Queen Mimi. Now where’s Barbara Walters?

    • The Truth Will Set You Free May 20, 2012

      She didn’t even go into a five octave range….She stayed at that same old busted ass bass she tries to do. She did go up into…uh..something…but wavered off so fast you could barely even hear her. Mariah was cuteeeee (cough) but she was trying to out sing everyone and it did not work in her favor.

      That voice isn’t what it used to be….

      • Siberian Prince May 20, 2012

        She was not trying to out sing anyone. And i believe they all had ASIGNED parts to sing to if she did outsing anyone its because the person who wrote the song ASIGNED her the verse and WANTED her to because they know her vocal capabilities. Just like they had Beyonce to lead. They didnt male up their own verses. Beyonce out sung every one just like she did in destinys child, attention w****. Mariah voice aint wat it used to be but she still sounds better than all them others h*** on her worst day. Try again before you try to shade Mariah.

      • The Truth Will Set You Free May 25, 2012

        I am quoting you…

        “Beyonce out sung every one.”

        Those were your words, not mine.

        Mariah’s voice is cracked the f*** out and your inability to see, and apparently hear it, shows your dedication to her as a ‘stan’, which is admirable. However, you should take heed to actually critique the artists that you love so much so that they can actually get better at their craft.

        Also, there may have been assigned parts and the musical director or producer may have given her a chance to go into a higher octave on the song. She has been known to do very well in that arena (notice the PAST TENSE). Nonetheless, she is not the singer she used to be and since she was already [TRYING] to out sing the rest of the group, her [TRYING] to reach up into a higher octave [FAILED]. And “she still sounds better than all them h*** on her worst day, (Your Words).” You must be a really dedicated stan…because that statement is just….crazy as f***.

        Oh! And please use correct grammar and spelling when trying to throw shade, it helps when trying to read your comments.

        ASIGNED is spelled ASSIGNED

  9. Siberian Prince May 20, 2012

    None of these H*** are worthy of being on the same stage as Queen Mariah, except Beyonce and Ciara. All the rest are obsolete. BOOP

  10. chica May 20, 2012

    Beyonce, Mary J Blige and Mariah did the best.

  11. Hassan May 20, 2012

    I bet Mariah was like are these people on this stage tryna outsing me? bitchh ahaa

  12. RazB32 May 20, 2012

    Beyoncé was so boss leading those women! But lord if xTina was there too, it would’ve topped it all off. This was amazing though, well done to LA.

    • RazB32 May 20, 2012

      You also forgot Nicole Scherzinger on that list, she was on the far right and sang her solo part well too!

  13. Virtuoso Intellect May 20, 2012

    I thought Beyonce, Mariah, Carrie, MJB & Fergie were astounding when they performed it at fashion rocks.

    No. 11 on hot 100 is more than a moderate hit tgj. It didnt even have a video

  14. jt May 20, 2012


  15. Shuh May 20, 2012

    “Mary J f***** up her part” Sorry what? Mary J. Blige tore that stage up. She dominated. When it comes to live performances, Mary J never f**** up. She’s one of the oldest, classiest women on that stage, and still she took the spotlight!

  16. Sleazy May 20, 2012

    Hey mary what’s in the new chicken wrap?

    • JoArmy&CarrieUnderwoodArmy May 20, 2012

      *Mary’s voice* Crispy chicken, fresh lettuce, 3 cheeses, fresh dressing rapped up in the tasty, flour tortilla..Crispy chicken, rapped up in the flour tortilla!

    • gena May 20, 2012


  17. JoArmy&CarrieUnderwoodArmy May 20, 2012

    Carrie b******!!! carrie slayed dem

  18. Siberian Prince May 20, 2012

    @Sleazy lol you a mess. To be honest some of these people did not deserve to be up there. Especially Nicole Sherzinger. B**** has no voice and wounder why she cabt make it solo. And they only gave Mary J such a big part cuz she was the oldest person on the stage lol. She a veteran. Gone Mary lol

  19. Seriously? May 20, 2012

    Where was Ciara? They played the f*** outta hurr! Lol….disrespectful.

  20. Shuh May 20, 2012

    I’m glad we got some Leona Lewis on that stage as well. That’s a voice to contend with 😉

  21. Seriously? May 20, 2012

    I mean. They let Keysha, Fergie, Cyrus and Ri-f*****-hanna ass sing? and told Ciara “when the camera catch, u better look cute and lip for ur life…b****”.

  22. JoArmy&CarrieUnderwoodArmy May 20, 2012

    rihanna and miley needs to gtfo the stage….

  23. KING#15 May 20, 2012




  24. KING#15 May 20, 2012


  25. kimberly May 20, 2012

    lol yes Beyonce in the middle leading. fuckign great, Beyonce always shine no matter what that stage presence cannot be duplicated. When I first saw that I was like damn Miley, rihanna and necole just need to go!! plz!! such wastes
    Three of these girls just don’t belong.

    Everybody did great except the three mentioned. Xtina is missing

    • Benron May 20, 2012

      Rihanna had like 2 words miley f***** it up Rihanna was fine!

  26. Siberian Prince May 20, 2012

    Did Ashanti sing? And they should have just had Ciara to just dance on stage seriously cuz they gave her the smallest part

  27. Deji May 20, 2012

    Listen to Afrodisiac by Teni! She’s the new Sade! She’s from Africa! Time for a third world superstar! Follow her @teniofficial!

  28. BritBrat May 20, 2012

    I really think Leona Lewis was actually the best… her tone, and her notes were on point… and just her melodic voice was beautiful……#HONESTY!

  29. just May 20, 2012

    Beyonce led them well. But IM sorry I Lol when Mariah was strugglin to get that whistle register out and looked confused afterwards. Lol.!

  30. max_ciara May 20, 2012

    Ciara…my gurl. She was presence but she had the back up parts of mary j blige. so when mary sings and then stops and then ciara sings. As a fan of ciara i wish she would have had a bigger part but im greatful that she was on stage. people like alicia keys, amerie, janelle monae and tamia could have been on that stage but ciara was so hey it is what it is!

    • MSSPORTYB May 20, 2012

      I Absolutely Agree!
      AKeys, Janelle Monae, And Tamia, Would Have Made A PERFECT Addition To This Performance

  31. moNSTERHIVE May 20, 2012

    Beyonce killed it, along with Mary & Leona. Who gave Miley a mic?

  32. Perry Power May 20, 2012

    Beyonce and Mariah were great. The rest did good too. But what did happen with Ciara? I heard her in there, but not alot of her

    • virtuoso intellect May 20, 2012

      she had just one line

  33. Lovatic May 20, 2012

    Miley was beyond horrible. She was off key and flat everytime. She sounded worse standing next to Beyonce, who can actually sing, and Rihanna who cant really sing but ended up sounding better than her. You know your bad when Rihanna sounds better than you. They should have given her part to Demi Lovato. She woulld have slayed it

  34. Gilberto May 20, 2012

    Beyoncé and Mary killed these h***. Blige had the best line. Mariah struggled to hit her notes and looked dead (sorry!). Miley was terrible. Beyoncé has a huge stage presence, no one can deny it. I loved the part when they’re singing “yeah yeah yeah” and she’s nodding.

  35. ANTHONY May 20, 2012

    it was about the 2 in the middle…BEyonce and Mary j blige!!

  36. PrettigurlrockD May 20, 2012

    Miley nor Rihanna can hold a candle to anyone up there. Miley and her raspy flat tone and Rihanna and her throaty vocals will be SLAYED by anyone.

  37. ANTHONY May 20, 2012


  38. PrettigurlrockD May 20, 2012

    Miley is okay with her own type of music but her voice Rly does NOT fit with r&b. So therefore she should not have been up there.

    Here’s what try should bring to the table if they ever do something like this again:

    Jessie j
    Kelly Rowland
    Christina aguilera
    Jazmine Sullivan
    Kelly clarkson
    Demi lovato
    Keke Palmer

    • JoArmy&CarrieUnderwoodArmy May 20, 2012

      You forgot JOJO

    • Stephen May 20, 2012

      U forgot Alicia Keys and Chrisette Michele, plus Brandy. If Brandy was there, she could’ve outsung almost everybody, if not everybody

    • Stephen May 20, 2012

      J-Hudson wasn’t mentioned? I guess it’s becuz of her screaming tendencies. Fantasia could’ve outsung Beyonce

  39. KINGBESTFAN May 20, 2012

    Bey would have easily slayed them all.

  40. Teacher May 20, 2012

    The standouts were Beyonce, Carrie, and MJB……Miley should NOT have been up there, that was her sounding a mess bcuz Rihanna sounded just fine…Miley just f***** up and u b****** know that y’all just wanna blame Rihanna, but u can clearly hear each of them..Rihanna did good…Miley f***** up!

    • moNSTERHIVE May 20, 2012

      Honestly, I also didn’t get why everyone was going in on Rihanna, she did okay, not horrible. Miley on the other hand, I know the girls were having a kiiiiiii when she opened her mouth.

  41. HAPPY AS HELL May 20, 2012


  42. jamelisyours May 20, 2012

    poor CiCi… i heard her “dust it off, if you fall” …everyone else slayed except miley & nicole ! miley wasn’t taking it serious enough being so young she could have done better. I do agree demi would have done wayyy better. also RiRi was on her notes like nobody`s business so yall need to have several seats with the trash talk. This was a show down of the divas and they all knew it. Bey was the only one who made it look so easy lol but MJB did the dang thing too.

  43. Junior in Jamaica May 20, 2012

    Mariah’s voice did not live up…Miley didn’t need to be there, nor Ciara or Ashanti.

  44. Stand up for Ciara May 20, 2012

    Ciara had a small part in between Mary J. Blige “If you fall dust it off” I guess the cameras didn’t have enough time to show her singing it since it was so small not sure why that’s all she got?!?!

  45. aishaaguilerakeys May 20, 2012

    What a beautiful array of voices! Great performance! WHERE WAS ALICIA ?! Only voice that annoyed me was Miley Cyrus’ !

  46. Tru Voice May 20, 2012

    Mariah and Mary held their place as the Veteran Divas, as they should. Bey did her thing and carrie too. I liked Ashanti portion.

    I wish Whitney was a part of it but she was working on personal issues at the time. RIP

  47. Angelica May 20, 2012

    poor keyshia cole she can never sing live but b killed it like allways

  48. beyonce May 21, 2012

    LOL!!! Miley harrrassseed the song!!!!!
    rihanna was forgetable

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