The line-up for VH1’s “Divas” 2010 was announced today.
And though we love Keri Hilson (and can see the potential in Nicki Minaj), we’re not so sure the two ladies should be headlining such an event.
VH1 caught a lot of flack last year for it’s line-up. After all, “Divas” had been on hiatus since 2005, so VH1 had had plenty of time to prep and plan for an amazing comeback.
Instead, it returned in 2009 with a line-up full of “American Idol” contestants. Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson and Adele took the stage.
Now, the issue wasn’t that these ladies couldn’t sing – because, surely, they can – the issue was that it seemed the original intent and vision of VH1 “Divas” had been lost.
When VH1 first introduced the show in 1998, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan and Shania Twain performed. These were women that had earned their right, in their respective genres, to be named a diva.
VH1 “Divas” held it’s standards high for the following years: in 1999, we saw Whitney, Tina, and Cher – women who, to this day, need no last name.
In 2000, Mariah returned with Donna Summer. In 2001, the three “Queens” came – of Soul, of Hip-Hop and of Salsa, it was Aretha, Mary J., and Celia Cruz.
Then there was trouble. From 2002 to 2003, we saw Cher, Celine and Whitney – AGAIN! And we saw Mary TWICE more.
Thankfully, Beyonce, Patti, Chaka, and Gladys Knight came through to break up the monotony, but it wasn’t enough to keep “Divas” going. They took a break in 2005 until the infamous 2009 show mentioned above.
The 2010 show seems worst than the last: Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj, country group Sugarland, and alternative-rock band Paramore will be headlining the event, airing December 5.
VH1’s own website says that “‘Divas’ brings together music’s most powerful women and greatest performers live on one stage.” Maybe they need to re-read their mission statement.