"VH1 Divas" Celebrates Soul in NYC

Posted Sunday December 18, 2011 9:18 PM GMT

Making for quite the star-studded celebration, a gathering of celebs teamed up for the taping of "VH1 Divas" Celebrates Soul in New York City, NY on Sunday night (December 18).

Held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, some of music's grandest names such as Mary J Blige, Dolly Parton, 50 Cent, Jessie J and Jennifer Hudson strutted their stuff in the arrivals area before heading inside to film the music special.

With The Roots tending to house band duties, the "VH1 Divas" special featured a tribute to the prominent birthplaces of soul music, including Chicago, Detroit, London, Philadelphia and Memphis, Tennessee.

Another highlight of the evening included the honoring of late soul singer Amy Winehouse, which saw Florence and the Machine team with Wanda Jackson to perform "Back to Black" while Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings offered their take on "You Know I'm No Good".

Of being selected to take part in the toast to Winehouse, Florence Welch told MTV News, "It's a real honor, actually, to be counted amongst these amazing female performers. It's really special for me, because I am still a relatively new artist, and to be up there with these really established singers is amazing for me. ... I'm really grateful."

With other performers including Kelly Clarkson, Boyz II Men and Travie McCoy, "VH1 Divas" is scheduled to air at Monday night (December 19) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

Enjoy the pictures from the VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul event (December 18).

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