Made ya look! Sometimes things just make me laugh–like this photo of our precious Eddie Vedder doing what we call “Diva hands’. Seriously. I nearly tinkled a little.
I think Ed’s technique is EVERY bit as fierce as Christina’s, RiRi’s and Lady Gaga’s. And frankly, he’s more committed to the move than Mariah–but she’s allowed to be a bit lazy after all these years, right?
VH1‘s ‘Divas’ show isn’t really what it used to be, but I do appreciate that the network has brought back the concert. So while Aretha, Mariah and Beyonce aren’t in attendance, there are still some great performances. This year was hosted by Adam Lambert who got “diva” lessons from Nene Leakes and basically was all over the show performing in some interesting outfits. He definitely held his own among the female performers, though that really wasn’t hard to do.
He kicked off the show with David Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance.” Personally I didn’t like a lot of the EDM remixes they put to these classic songs. Along with Kelly Rowland and Keri Hilson, he sang a medley of Donna Summer hits, then paid tribute to Madonna with her song “Ray Of Light.” That one included some sort of tribal poncho.
Metric were a bit out of place as they were the only rock band on the show, but I enjoyed their performance of Blondie‘s “Heart of Glass” and their own single “Breathing Underwater.”
Ciara also worked the stage, channeling Michael Jackson for her song “Got Me Good.” That girl can daaaaace.
Newly engaged Kelly Clarkson celebrated her new title of fiancee with an upbeat performance of “Catch My Breath.” She wore this odd dress though.
Miley Cyrus did this during “Rebel Yell.” I mean, I guess.
The X Factor’ judge Demi Lovato sang, along with Natasha Bedingfield, and Pitbull closed out the show, but the best moment came from Jordin Sparks, Melanie Fiona and Ledisi during the Whitney Houston tribute.
I think it would have been great if Brandy and ‘Glee”s Amber Riley had performed, but they only introduced the other acts. Still, the ladies were great and we always appreciate Whitney songs being done right.
VH1 paid tribute to Soul music with the help of artists like Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson and Florence Welch. With past Divas specials, the singers have showcased their talents and amazing voices performing their songs and those of their peers. This however felt like a long lesson in caterwauling and posing.
The show opened with Mary, Kelly and Jennifer Hudson doing a sort of Supremes-type thing, doing Motowned versions of their hits. Jennifer showed up on stage at least three times and her performance of “Night of Your Life” got people talking, although not for the right reasons. Everyone likened it to a knock-off Beyonce, red glittery dress by The Blonds, lasers, random dancers and backup singers. I really don’t mind Jennifer, but just belt out your songs and leave the pageantry to someone who can commit.
Florence + The Machine seemed a little tired, although they rocked the cover of Annie Lennox‘s “Walking On Broken Glass” during the London Medley. Miss Welch is a doll, but she’s just not Diva enough.
The highlight of the show was the tribute to Philly soul with Estelle, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Black Thought of The Roots and the always-welcome Boys II Men.
But can we talk about this Amy Winehouse tribute? MTV tried and it was okay, and I’m sure there will be one during The Grammys next year, but it has become painfully obvious that no one can sing Amy’s songs the way she did. Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings did a stellar job with “You Know I’m No Good,” they were joined by a seemingly lost Wanda Jackson, but Florence made “Back To Black” more depressing than it already is. Maybe it was that 1920s funeral dress she was wearing. When I wasn’t wondering what Adele was up to, I did enjoy Jilly From Philly’s solo, “Hear My Call” and Kelly’s barefoot performance of “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”
It wasn’t all that bad; I did appreciate that the ladies were genuinely excited to be performing with each other. Of course you have to appreciate the legends Mavis Staples and Chaka Khan, they delivered some quality screaming but something was missing.
Remember the first Divas concert with Aretha and Mariah doing that vocal battle during “Natural Woman“? Next year when someone has lost their baby weight, someone has gotten their ish together and another’s vocal chords have finally healed we can have a real Diva Throwdown.