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Whitney Houston to be honored at ‘VH1 Divas’

VH1 will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston at this year’s VH1 Divas, according Billboard.

“We all felt that if any show could pay tribute to Whitney’s music, it would be ‘Divas,'” VH1 president Tom Calderone says. “December felt like enough time where it wouldn’t be sad anymore, you’d want to celebrate her music.”

Whitney’s longtime musical director Ricky Minor will executive produce the show, which will be taped in December in Los Angeles.  No artists have been confirmed for the tribute.

Houston, who died in February, is one of the artists credited with giving the event legitimacy in the eyes of some. The iconic singer is a three-time performer on Divas in 1999, 2002 and 2003.

This has potential to be something special.  Taping in December gives the producers enough time to book the best of the best to pay tribute to one of the true legends in music. On my shortlist of performers are: Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Beyoncè, Patti LaBelle, Amber Riley (Glee), Jennifer Hudson (maybe), Christina Aguilera (ONLY IF SHE CAN CONTROL THAT DAMN YODELING), Ledisi, Chaka Khan, Kim Burrell, Deborah Cox, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Brandy, and Monica. I know it’s a long shot but I’m wouldn’t mind seeing Adele perform as well.

Who’s on your list of performers for Whitney’s Divas tribute?

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“BET Awards ’11” Draws Strong Rating

Last night’s BET Awards ’11 drew the second highest rating in the show’s history. The 3-hour telecast averaged 7.7 million viewers, second only to the 10.7 million viewers for the 2009 awards that were fueled by a Michael Jackson tribute.  The show, which featured performances from Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige,  Beyoncé and a tribute to Lifetime Achievement recipient Patti LaBelle, was up about 4 percent from last year’s 7.4 million viewers.

Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, & Trey Songz to Perform at BET Awards

The 2011 BET Awards just got hotter! 

Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz and Kelly Rowland will take the stage at the 2011 BET Awards on June 26th. Beyoncé will also perform at the show. The singer, who performs at Glastonbury in the UK the same day, will rock the crowd via satellite.  Additionally, Cee-Lo Green will also make a “special appearance” at the show, which will air live from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium.

Other previously announced performers include Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Lil Wayne and Drake. Comedian Kevin Hart will host and Patti LaBelle will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chris Brown and Jill Scott to Perform on the BET AWARDS ’11

Chris Brown and Jill Scott join the list of performers at this year’s BET Awards. Breezy leads the nominees with six nods including Best Male R&B Artist and Video of the Year. Jill Scott, who is set to release her fifth studio album Light of the Sun June 21st, will also take the stage.

Hosted by Kevin Hart, the 2011 BET Awards will pay tribute to Patti LaBelle, as well as honor this year’s Humanitarian Award recipient Steve Harvey.

The 2011 BET Awards air Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m.

New Music: Lloyd featuring Patti LaBelle – “Lay It Down” (Remix)

Lloyd teams up with the legendary Patti LaBelle on the remix of  his hit single “Lay It Down,” which samples her classic “Love, Need and Want You.” The pair exchange verses and deliver a solid performance on the reworked version of the track. Lloyd pays homage the late Teena Marie and the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin at the beginning of the track. The crooner’s third studio album, King of Hearts, is due in February 2011.

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Lloyd – “Lay It Down” (Official Music Video)

Lloyd wants to lay you down in his latest music video. “Lay It Down” is the first single from his upcoming fourth studio album, his first with  Zone 4/Interscope Records. The Polow Da Don -produced track samples Patti LaBelle’sLove, Need and Want You,” and thus far reached a peak of #28 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Check out the video with cameos from Polow Da Don and Keri Hilson after the jump.

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