This year, he show paid homage to soul music and celebrated the cities that contributed most in to its development like Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis, and Philadelphia.
Performers included Chaka Khan, Mavis Stapes, Martha Reeves, and Wanda Jackson. Other new school singers like Kelly Clarkson, Ledisi and Jill Scott repped hard for new-soul.
Mary J. Blige also showed out with diva Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody.” Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Erykah Badu sang Soul II Soul’s “Back to Life.”
The show premiered last night (12-19-11), but can also be seen on demand at Vh1.com. In the meantime, check out Chaka Khan and Mary J. Blige: