This year’s VH1 DIVAS will air live from Los Angeles in December and will be focused as a salute to the musical legacy of Whitney Houston. Whitney Houston was a VH1 DIVAS regular, appearing on the show back in 1999, 2002 and 2003. Not only that, but Rickey Minor who worked with Whitney for several years will be the musical director for the event. There aren’t any additional details at the moment, but check out more information via Billboard.
VH1 will pay tribute to Whitney Houston for its next installment of “VH1 Divas,” Billboard has learned. The network will tape the performance in Los Angeles in December, with Houston’s longtime musical director Rickey Minor on board as executive producer. No artists have been confirmed for the tribute to Houston, a three-time performer on “Divas” in 1999, 2002 and 2003.
The tribute has already received the blessing of Houston’s family and her label partners at Sony. “We all felt that if any show could pay tribute to Whitney’s music, it would be ‘Divas,'” VH1 president Tom Calderone tells Billboard. “December felt like enough time where it wouldn’t be sad anymore, you’d want to celebrate her music.”
Since debuting in 1998, “Divas” has become one of VH1’s most-watched and best known franchises. Previous performers include Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Cher, Tina Turner, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Adele and Kelly Clarkson. The 2011 installment, “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul,” attracted 1.3 million total viewers and doubled the previous year’s average rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. [more]
We honestly couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute. We hope they select the talent accordingly…