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15 Highlights From 20 Years of VH1's Legendary 'Divas'

15 Highlights From 20 Years of VH1's Legendary 'Divas'
Patti Labelle doesn't call herself a diva these days because "all these little heifers who can't sing are called divas," but the soul singer/pie maker/American Horror Story alum is back to reclaim the title in VH1’s latest installment of Divas.

Along with goddaughter Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Vanessa Williams and Pharrell protégé Teyana Taylor, Patti -- we go by divas’ first names here -- will bring the divadom during VH1's benefit concert for the Save the Music Foundation, a special holiday-themed edition called Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night. (The show premieres Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. Et.)

More: 'Mariah's World' Recap: Mariah Carey Recalls 'Great Moments' With James Packer

When the concert series first launched in 1998, the lineup was the stuff of dreams. Mariah, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shania Twain and Aretha Franklin with special guest Carole King embodied every meaning of the word diva in lauded performance after performance. During its 11 iterations
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The Commitments 25th Anniversary special edition review

Time for people of a certain age to start feeling old. It’s been a quarter of a century since director Alan Parker introduced us to an unlikely soul combo whose legacy still lives on via a hit stage show and countless concerts. So while their onscreen fortunes turned out to be mixed, The Commitments place in popular culture is absolutely assured.

Opening with a bustling Dublin street market with second hand goods, fiddle players and horses, this marks itself out from the blockbusters of the time as a gritty take on Roddy Doyle‘s source novel. Fast-talking wannabe music mogul Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) has a simple idea: reasoning that the oppressed Irish are “the blacks of Europe”, he wants to assemble a world class soul outfit from local talent. But like the best band stories the road to success is paved with false starts, egos and copious amounts of drink and swears.
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‘The Voice’ Season 10 Episode 4 Recap: Contestant Joe Maye And Christina Aguilera End The Show With Unexpected Duet

The blind auditions continue with rivalry between judges and an unlimited amount of talent. The opening performance, Tamar Davis, used to be in the all-girl group, Girls Tyme, that eventually turned into Destiny’s Child. She sings, “Chain of Fools” and chooses to be a part of Christina Aguilera’s team. ‘The Voice’ Season 10 Episode 4 […]

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The Voice Blind Auditions (Night 4) Recap: Crazy X(tina) Girlfriend!

The Voice Blind Auditions (Night 4) Recap: Crazy X(tina) Girlfriend!
Are we 100 percent certain that Christina Aguilera isn’t the newest and most dangerous protagonist in the X-Men universe?

VideosReality Check: We Tell American Idol How to Fix Its Farewell Season! Plus: The Voice Winner Spoiled Already?

When the reigning queen of NBC’s The Voice opens her mouth to sing, she possesses the brute power of Colossus, the heat of Pyro and the fantastical flourishes of Storm conjuring up a monsoon — without so much as the slightest wobble in pitch or pocket.

Yes, only the woman who brought us classics as disparate as “Fighter,” “Genie in a Bottle,” “Beautiful
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The Voice Final: Twitter reacts to the finalists' and judges' duets

The Voice final arrived this weekend and with it came the judges' duets.

Digital Spy rounds up the reactions to the four performances with Sir Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am alongside their acts below:

Sasha Simone and Sir Tom Jones - 'Chain Of Fools'

Sasha on the voice is doing pretty well in the duet with @RealSirTomJones

— Megan xoxo (@xx_mg_glitter_x) April 4, 2015

Sasha better not win the voice ! Does my head in

— Leigh Gentry (@Leigh_Gentry) April 4, 2015

@RealSirTomJones stunning duet! #thevoice @voiceUKbbc #sacha #sirtom

— Kirsty Lewis (@KirstyLewis1979) April 4, 2015

Emmanuel Nwamadi and Ricky Wilson - 'Crazy'

Emmanuel needs to win The Voice

— mrs shakur (@yelyahjordan) April 4, 2015

Holy fuck emmanuel & ricky ca cope #baaaaaabes #thevoice

— Ogs ✌ (@ogssy1) April 4, 2015

#thevoice #teamricky #emmanuel loved that duo!!! They complimented each other really well I thought.

Heather Adams (@_heatheradams) April 4, 2015

Lucy O'Byrne and will.i.am - 'Habanera'

Lucy
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The Voice UK: Who is going to win tonight? As it happened

It's time! After weeks of blind auditions and battles and knockouts and live shows, there are just four acts still standing on The Voice UK - Emmanuel Nwamadi, Lucy O'Byrne, Sasha Simone and Stevie McCrorie. And tonight, one of them will be crowned the winner!

We'll be bringing you all the action right here on this very live blog, so join us from 7pm when the show starts as the acts belt it out for the last time, the coaches sweat nervously in their big red chairs, and Emma Willis and Marvin Humes (hopefully) hold the whole thing together...

21:13What did you think of the series? It was a bit of a good one, wasn't it? We'll see you next year for the new series... thanks for joining us tonight, and keep leaving your comments below!

21:12And now the rest of the finalists are on stage to congratulate Stevie,
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The Voice UK: Who is going to win tonight? Live blog

It's time! After weeks of blind auditions and battles and knockouts and live shows, there are just four acts still standing on The Voice UK - Emmanuel Nwamadi, Lucy O'Byrne, Sasha Simone and Stevie McCrorie. And tonight, one of them will be crowned the winner!

We'll be bringing you all the action right here on this very live blog, so join us from 7pm when the show starts as the acts belt it out for the last time, the coaches sweat nervously in their big red chairs, and Emma Willis and Marvin Humes (hopefully) hold the whole thing together...

21:13What did you think of the series? It was a bit of a good one, wasn't it? We'll see you next year for the new series... thanks for joining us tonight, and keep leaving your comments below!

21:12And now the rest of the finalists are on stage to congratulate Stevie,
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VH1 ‘Divas Live': Salute to Chart-Topping Femmes Ignited New Era

VH1 ‘Divas Live': Salute to Chart-Topping Femmes Ignited New Era
In the late ’90s, women ruled the pop charts, but it took Ken Ehrlich to unite the performers and usher in a new Era of the Diva.

In 1998, Ehrlich and VH1 launched “Divas Live,” an annual benefit for the channel’s Save the Music Foundation that showcased the towering talents of both the day’s top female artists and the legends that influenced them.

Nearly 20 years later, the inaugural edition, which aired live from New York’s Beacon Theater, still stands out for Celine Dion, the first artist who officially signed on to appear.

“To me, the show felt like a very important career moment,” she says. “I mean I had the chance to share the stage with these amazing ladies … Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Carole King, and the one and only Aretha Franklin, who was one of my idols growing up. This was such an huge honor for me.
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'The Voice' Recap: Blind Auditions Part 2 - Team Gwen And Team Pharrell Are The Ones To Beat

The Voice Blind Auditions continued with coaches Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani rounding out powerful teams, and Blake Shelton and Adam Levine stepping up their competition.

I can't Believe you @blakeshelton. Gloves are coming off, cowboy.

Adam Levine (@adamlevine) September 24, 2014

Blind Auditions Part 2

Danica Shirey, 25, an R&B soul singer, auditioned with Jessie J’s “Big White Room,” nailed the first riff and got Adam to press his button. Gwen and Pharrell followed, giving Danica a standing ovation. Adam tried to win Danica over with his charm, but Pharrell ended up winning Danica over with his sweet, nice-guy routine. “With Gwen, you’ll get female report, with Adam you’ll get incredible technique. I’m just asking you to be on my team, will you please be on my team?” Pharrell told her. Blake threw his weight behind Pharrell, and Danica listened. Danica: Team Pharrell.

Up next, Joe Kirk, 17, got
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The Voice Blind Auditions Recap: Phar-really Got a Hold on Me [Updated]

The Voice Blind Auditions Recap: Phar-really Got a Hold on Me [Updated]
This just in: It might be time for Blake Shelton and Adam Levine to sit out a cycle of The Voice.

Seven seasons in, the show has unearthed a coach so sincere, so charming, so deeply and beautifully connected to the music, that it’s hard to imagine any sane contestant from any genre not gravitating toward him. I speak, of course, of Pharrell Williams, and thanks to my penchant for live-Tweeting reality competition series, I know I’m not alone.

Related The Voice Season 7 Premiere Recap: Do You Si What They Si?

In fact, the crazy-beautiful @jaykayort shared during
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Aretha Franklin P-i-s-s-e-d at Johnny Rockets

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Aretha Franklin had a malt-down at a Johnny Rockets in Niagara Falls ... after one of it servers screamed at her for trying to eat her takeout order inside the restaurant.  Franklin ordered a burger to go from the popular chain after her sold out show Tuesday ... then sat down to eat ... and that's when she claims the server went off, saying her conduct violated the take-out policy.Franklin said the worker was "very rude, unprofessional and nasty.
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American Idol's Top 8 Put a Fresh Spin on Their Audition Songs

American Idol's Top 8 Put a Fresh Spin on Their Audition Songs
History repeated itself for American Idol's Top 8 Wednesday night, as they re-sang the audition songs that originally earned them golden tickets to Hollywood. Malaya Watson, 16, channeled her inner Aretha Franklin, belting a version of "Ain't No Way" that had Keith Urban on his feet. "You had this voice right from day one, you just needed to be with it," Urban said. "You were with it tonight." "You're blossoming into a star right in front of our eyes," said Jennifer Lopez. "You're gonna run away with this competition." Alex Preston, 20, was a true original singing his original song, "Fairytales," which
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'American Idol' cliffhanger: Caleb Johnson and C.J. Harris in big trouble?

'American Idol' cliffhanger: Caleb Johnson and C.J. Harris in big trouble?
When Ryan Seacrest flashed early poll results to "American Idol" voting on Wednesday's show, something seemed odd. Contestants with low support had just received raves for their musical performances from the "American Idol" judges. -Break- Caleb Johnson ranked third out of four contestants evaluated by "American Idol" viewers over age 21 and he was in dead last among voters under 21 in the poll. But Jennifer Lopez declared his performance of "Chain of Fools" "perfect" and Keith Urban swooned, "You're a blues warrior! Soul conqueror! Rock and roll viking!" Alex Preston was also dangling in the bottom rungs of those polls even though that notorious curmudgeon Harry Connick Jr. praised him for singing his own tune: "I like the fact that you did an original and I liked the arrangement. You were shaking that bravado out!" Keith Urban added: "Great job, Alex!" 'American Idol&#3...
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'American Idol' Recap: Sam Woolf, Malaya Watson & Alex Preston Shine

American Idol’s theme of the week was “Auditions,” which meant that the remaining contestants had to repeat one of their past audition songs.

American Idol Recap

In addition to the eight singers’ solo performances, Wednesday night on Idol featured a number of well-known duets. Alex Preston and Jena Irene sang Pink and Nate Reuss’ “Just Give Me A Reason, while Caleb Johnson and Jess Meuse took on “Stop Dragging My Heart Around" by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks. Two of Idol’s younger singers, Sam Woolf and Malaya Watson, sang Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz’s “Lucky," and country singers Dexter Roberts and Cj Harris sang "Alright" by Darius Rucker.

First up for her solo was Jess Meuse, singing her original song “Blue Eyed Lie.” Singing her own song up on the Idol stage, Meuse was confident and strong vocally. Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. all praised the singer,
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'American Idol' Xiii Top 8: The duets are shaky; Sam Woolf's time has come

The theme for "American Idol" this week is going back to the start, which means performing the song they used for their initial audition for the judges. They will also be paired up for duets, which should be interesting.

1. Jessica Meuse, "Blue Eyed Lie," original song

This might be the most emotion we've seen from Jessica since her audition, you can tell she wrote this. She sounds great, really rocking the Stevie Nicks moments on some notes, but also showing off a great growly rocker voice. The only big criticism is that when the camera pulls back, she's standing there knock-kneed. When she doesn't have pants on, she needs a better stance behind the mic. Heh.

2. C.J. Harris, "Soul Shine," The Allman Brothers

This was ... Ok. Definitely let him show off some personality, even if he wasn't exactly on key in spots. However, I was kind of bored. It sounded
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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 8 Performances - Back to the Start Night

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 8 Performances - Back to the Start Night
So tonight's "American Idol" theme is basically Deja Vu? Weird.  Wednesday's (April 2) "Idol" theme is officially Back to the Start and it apparently means that we're going to be hearing the Top 8 sing the songs they auditioned with. Are we really deep enough into this season to be getting repeat performances? Don't we want to hear singers do fresh things? I do. But maybe I'm wrong? To me, this feels like a theme that's intended to help sagging frontrunners like Sam Woolf, but what do I know. Click through and we'll celebrate what is sure to be a filler-filled telecast together... 8:00 p.m. We've got eight performers and two hours. Are we going to get to duos this week? Trios? Something so that this isn't just wheel-spinning for a full two hours? 8:01 p.m. The filler starts with a tribute to funny moments from the judges in the auditions,
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'.The Sing-Off' Recap: Street Corner Renaissance Eliminated

The Sing-Off returned for an hour show on Thursday, which saw four of the eight remaining a cappella teams compete for spots in the final six. Ten, AcoUstiKats, Street Corner Renaissance and The Filharmonic were all on deck.

Following a group performance of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” the groups kicked off the “Number One Hits”-themed night.

Sing-Off Recap: Ten, 'Chain of Fools'

First up was Ten, the group that formed just fairly recently. Coached by Shawn Stockman, they took on Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” and did an incredible job. The judges noted that while they started off towards the bottom, the way that they’re coming together is making them a contender.

AcoUstiKats, ‘Amazed’

University of Kentucky a cappella group AcoUstiKats went for a different vibe on Thursday than they’ve delivered in the past. From “Blurred Lines” to “Amazing” by Lonestar, the
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"American Idol" Top 6 Recap: I Say A Little Prayer For America

Look, maybe you and your stepson are right and American Idol has jumped the shark. I accept your wrongness/common sense. But if you tuned in last night to the Top 6's "Burt Bacharach/Songs You Wish You Wrote"-themed evening, you can't deny that it delivered everything that has ever mattered about American Idol, including vocal triumphs, ferocious attitude, the dismal failure of a teenage dandy, Randy Jackson's gift for thoughts, 17-year-olds being forced to perform the songs of Jackie DeShannon, and Ryan Seacrest's attempts at empathy. Every time he nervously puts his hand on Lazaro's shoulder, it's like a deleted scene from Speilberg's A.I. is upon us.

Then there's the other emotionally troubled member of the American Idol brain surgeon gallery: Mariah Carey. I've defended her long enough and still believe she delivers an iota's worth of real advice every 15 minutes or so, but man,
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Watch: Bono and Rolling Stones herald Muscle Shoals' studios in new doc

Watch: Bono and Rolling Stones herald Muscle Shoals' studios in new doc
“You’re in rock and roll heaven, man.” That’s how The Rolling StonesKeith Richards describes recording at Alabama’s legendary Fame Studios. [More after the jump...] A beehive of recording activity in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Fame was the site of some of the biggest hits ever recorded, including Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman”; Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools,” the Stones’ “Wild Horses” and Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock.” “Muscle Shoals,” a documentary premiering at Sundance Film Festival this year, chronicles the story of Rick Hall’s Fame Studio and its rival, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, which was...
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The X Factor Recap: Hang on Till Tomorrow, Come What May [Updated]

The X Factor Recap: Hang on Till Tomorrow, Come What May [Updated]
Bring on the dancing dogs! America’s Got X Factor finished its Season 2 auditions Thursday night, and I, for one, can’t wait to see how the Pekingese and the Poodle fare when they get to Boot Camp.

Okay, okay, I’m being a cranky beast from Hades, but Thursday night’s X Factor installment felt more like NBC’s summer variety special than a search for a legitimate musical superstar. There was the 13-year-old kid who passed out backstage from “dehydration” — a dark part of my brain imagined him whispering “Mom, did you slip my that Rohypnol like I asked you to?
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