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Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson + Others ‘Celebrate Soul’

Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson
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Monday night, there were plenty of powerhouse artists shining bright as day as VH1’s ‘Divas Celebrate Soul’ was broadcast on the music network. The event featured the likes of many of today’s hottest female vocalists, including Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson and Jessie J, among others.

This year’s show, which is an annual event, highlighted the birthplaces of soul music. The ladies not only dazzled with their stellar performances, but also as they graced the red carpet.

Hudson flaunted her knockout figure in a form-fitting Francesco Scognamiglio dress with a ruffled neckline, while Blige wore a champagne-colored, crystal-embellished number designed by Michael Kors.

Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine‘s also looked stunning in her own nude embroidered Antonio Berardi dress. Welch’s portion of the evening included a moving tribute to the late Amy Winehouse.

“It’s a real honor, actually, to be counted amongst these amazing female performers,” Welch told MTV News on Friday when the show was taped. “It’s really special for me, because I am still a relatively new artist, and to be up there with these really established singers is amazing for me … I’m really grateful.”

In addition to the “Divas” who were on hand for the show, some male-driven performances also took place during the evening, including songs by Travie McCoy and Boys II Men.

See Pictures From the VH1 ‘Divas Celebrate Soul’ Concert

Watch Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson & Mary J. Blige Perform Medley

Watch Florence Welch Perform ‘Shake It Out’

Watch Kelly Clarkson Perform ‘What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)’

Watch Jessie J & Jennifer Hudson Perform ‘Knock on Wood’

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