NEW YORK, NY, April 20, 2009 â€“ One of VH1â€™s most recognizable and beloved franchises, â€œVH1 Divasâ€ returns after a four-year hiatus with what promises to be a star-studded show. VH1 will air â€œVH1 Divasâ€ LIVE from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday, September 17. Continuing in the â€œDivasâ€ tradition, VH1 will bring together some of the biggest names in music today for an exclusive, high-voltage night of unforgettable performances. Performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.
â€œOver the years, weâ€™ve received constant calls and emails asking us to bring back our â€˜Divasâ€™ show. Now more than ever, the time feels right to re-launch this beloved show as a new generation of talented female artists has come to the forefront of music,â€ said Lee Rolontz, Executive Producer for â€œVH1 Divasâ€ and Executive Vice President, Music Production for VH1. â€œWeâ€™ve heard our viewers, and we promise to deliver a live show that will generate the same â€˜Divasâ€™ excitement as in the past — while also infusing some new twists along the way.â€
VH1 wants to hear from â€œDivasâ€ fans to help determine the direction of the show. Beginning today, VH1 is asking users to tell them who theyâ€™d like to see perform at this yearâ€™s â€œVH1 Divas.â€ Go to Divas.VH1.com now to leave your comments about who youâ€™d like to see on stage this year.
Premiering on VH1 in 1998, â€œVH1 Divasâ€ 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 yearâ€™s telecast. 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 and many more.
â€œVH1 Divasâ€ is executive produced by Lee Rolontz, Rick Krim and Patrizia DiMaria.
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