Jessie Ware‘s romantic vocals can be paired with a bevy of soulful tunes, which is exactly what happened when she stopped by UK’s BBC Radio 1 to perform Labrinth‘s 2014 single — “Jealous.” The singer added her own twist to it by interjecting it with Chaka Khan‘s 1984 classic tune, “Through The Fire.”
If this performance didn’t convince you that Ware is one of the best artists out now, check out her sophomore LP Tough Love (released on October 21) that features incredible tracks like “Pieces,” “You & I (Forever)” and “Say You Love Me.” More »
Sam Smith isn’t just baring his chest for the new issue of V; he’s also letting his true feelings be known about some of his contemporaries. And proving that the Grammy nominee has become quite the soul diva magnet after working with Mary J. Blige for her recent album The London Sessions, Sam sat down for V with original “I’m Every Woman” legend Chaka Khan, who conducted the interview. More »
The 2013 Soul Train Music Awards took place Sunday (December 1), and the ceremony was heavy on nostalgia — Keith Sweat
and Dionne Warwick
both received honors for their iconic careers, Warren G
performed his classic “Regulate,” Vanilla Ice
got stage time for some reason — but the new school had plenty of time in the spotlight. Kendrick Lamar
took home Album of the Year, “Blurred Lines” won song of the year, Janelle Monae
snagged Video of the Year and Miguel
was named Best R&B/Soul Male Artist. The mix of old and new went into the performances as well: up top, watch Jennifer Hudson
do a medley with Chaka Khan
and Evelyn “Champagne” King
Check out performances from Wale, Tamar Braxton and more below. More »
VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul
aired last night, and each of the soulful ladies who took part brought their best game. “Today is probably one of the best days of my life,” Jessie J said during the telecast. “I feel like crying. I’m probably going to cry when it’s over, happy tears.” Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Kelly Clarkson kicked the night off with a medley of the Supreme’s Motown classic “You Keep Me Hanging On” and their own respective staples “Spotlight”, “Real Love” and “Since U Been Gone”. Another highlight of the evening: a musical tribute to the late Amy Winehouse
. Watch the divas pay homage the cities of soul from around world below.
You want divas? VH1′s got ‘em — tonight, streaming live. We know that many of our favorite artists — from Kelly Clarkson to Florence + The Machine to Jennifer Hudson — positively burst with soulfulness. And tonight, they’re looking to show it off. We are streaming the VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul
red carpet live starting at 5 PM Eastern Standard Time, which means you can oggle the above mentioned stars and plenty more (plus, a few famous guys, too) as they head in to the ceremony benefitting VH1′s Save The Music Foundation. Watch below.
Who does Prince have to bring to the stage to make sure fans leave his concerts happy? Absolutely no one, besides himself of course. But that didn’t stop the regal
singer from plucking two more heavy-hitters from his (no doubt) diva-filled Rolodex at Thursday night’s Forum show — one-upping last week’s Gwen Stefani appearance
with the one-two-punch of Whitney Houston and Chaka Khan. The legendary ladies crooned “Tell Me Something Good” together, prompting us to wonder what other music royalty the Purple One might conjure up for his 21 Night Stand.
At this point, even the reanimated corpse of Mozart would hardly surprise us. Check out the vid below.
‘s Amber Riley, who plays the big-voiced, fabulous Mercedes, may often be overshadowed by her castmates on both the show and in racy magazine spreads
, but she’s got the attention of Essence
in their latest issue. The mag dolled Riley up like the Queen of Funk in order to kick off their Facebook campaign
to get a Chaka Khan-themed episode. We doubt that will happen, but we appreciate the effort, especially if it allows Amber to let her star shine in some seriously stunning pics. One more photo, plus a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot, awaits you below.