Even though the music channels have all but turned into reality show networks, they still have some programs/specials that serve as their collective saving grace. And last night, VH1 aired one of its own in VH1 Divas, a special dedicated to soul music and its impact on the music community.
With the Roots serving as the house band, the show featured performances from Erykah Badu, Florence Welch, Sharon Jones, Jill Scott, and more. And, many times, they were collaborating onstage, such as Scott and Badu joining the Roots for a performance of “You Got Me.” That was, of course, a fitting collaboration seeing how Scott actually wrote the hook while Badu performed it on Things Fall Apart.
You can watch clips from the show below. [CoS]
Florence Welch: “Back To Black” (Amy Winehouse cover)
Black Thought, Erykah Badu & Jill Scott: “You Got Me”
Sharon Jones & Wanda Jackson: “You Know I’m No Good” (Amy Winehouse cover)
Erykah Badu, Chaka Khan & Mavis Staples: “I’ll Take You There”