VH1's beloved, popular franchise, "VH1 Divas," has announced a special tribute to Amy Winehouse at this year's "VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul" with performances by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine) andWanda Jackson. "VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul" premieres Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1.
The tribute will reflect Winehouse's contribution to modern, London soul music. Some highlights of the tribute will includeSharon Jones & The Dap-Kings performing "You Know I'm No Good," and Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine) andWanda Jackson will perform her song "Back to Black." The Dap-Kings contributed a number of tracks for Winehouse's Grammy Award-winning album "Back to Black." In addition, Nas, who collaborated with Winehouse on the first single of her current posthumous album, will introduce the tribute medley.
"VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul" will bring together some of the best singers across the globe, men and women alike, to honor the soulful cities that inspired these divas and their art. The headlining "divas" were announced at an earlier date including:Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J. and Jill Scott. Previously announced performers include: Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius,Travie McCoy, Anita Baker, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson and Ledisi. Previously announced presenters include: Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Nas, Common and La La Anthony. In addition, Martha Reeves (Martha & The Vandellas) has just signed on as a performer and Archie Panjabi and Sherri Shepherd have signed on as presenters.
The cities honored include: Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. Accompanied by one of the most exciting groups of modern soul, The Roots, with Questlove and Adam Blackstone as musical directors, each 'diva' will pay tribute through not only their own soul-inspired songs, but some of the greatest classics that have shaped a genre.