|By PR Newswire||
|December 16, 2012 11:42 PM EST||
NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1's beloved franchise "VH1 Divas" caught dance fever at the L.A. Shrine Auditorium Sunday night for a live, concert event filled with performances, theatrics, and a roster of musicians and actors ready to boogie down to benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The star-studded affair incorporated performances from today's biggest hits and dance classics by host Adam Lambert, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, Jordin Sparks, and was accompanied by House DJ Havana Brown.
VH1 "You Oughta Know" Artist Metric, Paloma Faith, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, and Bootsy Collins. Special appearances by L.A. Reid, Amber Riley, Ellie Kemper, Elisha Cuthbert, Kat Graham, Kelly Osbourne, NeNe Leakes, Stacy Keibler, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Brandy, Paula Abdul, Sheila E. and La La Anthony rounded out the disco-themed night.
Adam Lambert kicked off the night with a cabaret themed "Let's Dance," followed by a special introduction to Kelly Clarkson's latest single "Catch My Breath." With a genuinely enthusiastic Kelly Osbourne introducing one of her favorite groups "Blondie," VH1 You Oughta Know artist Metric brought the house down with their rendition of "Heart of Glass." Donning a studded jacket and rocker attitude, Miley Cyrus commanded the room with her vivacious delivery of "Rebel Yell" by rock god Billy Idol.
Newly inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, diva legend Donna Summer created some of the biggest dance hits guaranteed to get the crowd going. Kelly Rowland, Adam Lambert, and Keri Hilson paid tribute to one of the greats with a musical medley of "I Feel The Love," "Bad Girls," "She Works Hard The Money," "Love To Love You Baby," "Hot Stuff," and "Last Dance." An emotional Brandy introduced Jordin Sparks, Ledisi and Melanie Fiona for a power-driven tribute to the late Whitney Houston. The trio dazzled with an electric performance of "I'm Every Woman," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "It's Not Right, But It's Okay," and "How Will I Know."
After two hours of non-stop dancing and entertainment, Pitbull closed the show in style with his hit "Don't Stop The Party," leaving the night on a high note.
As in previous years, this edition of "VH1 Divas" will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping music education alive in American public schools. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $49.5 million in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 128 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.1 million children.
This year's sponsors for "VH1 Divas" include: AT&T, BURGER KING®, COVERGIRL, FIAT®, GEICO, The Hershey Company and Old Navy.
Premiering on VH1 in 1998, "Divas" became synonymous with some of the most memorable, live, female vocal performances in television history. The show quickly became a highly anticipated annual phenomenon, generating speculation among music fans and industry executives on who would be part of that year's telecast. Last year, the "Divas" saluted the armed forces with "The USO Presents: 'VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" with Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Sugarland, Keri Hilson, Paramore and Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. Previous featured performers over the years included Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Chaka Khan, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks and numerous others have graced the "VH1 Divas" stage.
"VH1 Divas" is executive produced by Greg Sills for Chloe Productions and Lee Rolontz, Rick Krim for VH1.
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 99 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, and extensive video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.
ABOUT VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION:
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $48 million in new musical instruments to 1,800 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of over 1.8 million children. The 2012 Ambassador Class - dedicated to raising awareness and funds to benefit The Foundation - includes: Jordin Sparks, Katy Perry, Gavin Rossdale, AJ McLean, Vanessa Carlton, Matthew Morrison, Daughtry and Lupe Fiasco. Get involved at www.vh1savethemusic.com and follow us on twitter @vh1savethemusic.
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