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[08/25/09 - 06:01 AM]
The Legendary Paula Abdul to Host 'VH1 Divas'
The September 17 event will feature performances by Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Miley Cyrus.

[via press release from VH1]

The Legendary Paula Abdul to Host 'VH1 Divas'

PLATINUM SELLING ARTIST JORDIN SPARKS ALSO JOINS THE DIVAS LINEUP

Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Miley Cyrus Have Already Signed on to Perform at the Live Concert Event

"VH1 Divas" Will Air Live On Thursday, September 17 At 9:00 PM* On VH1

Go To Divas.VH1.com Now To Share Your Thoughts On This Year's Divas And To Watch Past Iconic "VH1 Divas" Performances

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 -- A superstar diva in her own right with sales of over 50 million records and six number one hits, multiple Emmy and Grammy awards winner Paula Abdul is set to host the "VH1 Divas" live concert event.

Joining the star-studded list of "Divas" performers is one of America's favorite pop idols - the platinum selling artist, Jordin Sparks. Previously announced "Divas" include Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Miley Cyrus. The "VH1 Divas" concert will be televised live on VH1 on Thursday, September 17 at 9:00 pm.*

For the first time ever, these leading ladies at the top of their musical game will perform together live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. Continuing in true "Divas" tradition, the evening will feature a night of unforgettable performances from various performers, presenters and special guests. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fans can go now to Divas.VH1.com to submit a "Diva Stories" text or video testimonial that tells the world how their favorite divas have influenced their lives. VH1 wants to hear from all Divas' fans - favorite songs, favorite moments and the craziest things they've done to show their diva how they feel. Select testimonials may be featured online and on-air leading up to this year's live telecast. Divas.VH1.com has also launched close to 50 past "VH1 Divas" performances, featuring Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and many more. Join Divas.VH1.com on Thursday, September 17 for live blogging coverage before and during the live telecast. Users can also follow all show-related news by following the "VH1 Divas" twitter account at http://twitter.com/vh1divas.

Premiering on VH1 in 1998, "VH1 Divas" 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 year'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.

"VH1 Divas" is executive produced by Lee Rolontz, Rick Krim and Patrizia DiMaria.

As in previous years, this "VH1 Divas" special will raise funds for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in American public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. Since VH1 Save The Music was created in 1997, more than $43 million worth of musical instruments have been donated to 1,600 public schools in 100 cities, improving the lives of more than 1.2 million children.

Exclusive VH1 Save The Music VIP tickets and Gold Circle ticket packages will offer premium seating to the live "VH1 Divas" concert plus pre and post party access and an exclusive gift bag. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available to the two distinctively different "VH1 Divas" Parties on the same night. For more information on tickets or to sponsor an event, please contact: Nia.Mack@vh1savethemusic.com or at 212-846-7324.

"VH1 Divas" is sponsored by Garnier(R) Fructis(R) and CoverGirl(R).

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 95 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1Games and extensive broadband video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.

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