NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1's beloved, popular franchise "VH1 Divas" is throwing the hottest dance party of 2012 LIVE on Sunday, December 16 at 9PM/8c with Grammy Award-nominated host Adam Lambert. This year's show will celebrate the dance-inducing music that is the vibrant soundtrack to every major blowout bash, unforgettable party and night out on the town. VH1 is bringing together Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks to pay homage to the greatest divas of dance music with performances featuring current and classic dance hits
"This is going to be one hell of a party! We are extremely thrilled to have the extraordinarily talented Adam Lambert as our 2012 VH1 Divas host," says Lee Rolontz, EVP, Original Music Production & Development, VH1 and VH1 Classic. "The world has truly been inspired by dance music and what better way for VH1 to pay tribute than by honoring legends Whitney Houston and Donna Summer through song and dance."
"I'm so thrilled to be hosting VH1 Divas this year," said Adam Lambert. "I have a feeling it's going to be the most fabulous concert of the year! And LIVE!! Get ready for some amazing performances, killer fashion and fierce divas!"
"VH1 Divas" will bring together some of today's hottest recording artists for the years biggest dance party. In the spirit of celebration and appreciation VH1 Divas will include a tribute to two divas we lost this past year, whose voices always lead us straight to the dance floor, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer.
As in previous years, this edition of "VH1 Divas" will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping music education alive in American public schools. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $49.5 million in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 128 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.1 million children. To purchase tickets to the VH1 Divas live concert and Official After-party hosted by VH1 Divas and Foundation Ambassador Jordin Sparks please visit http://www.vh1savethemusic.com/divas2012.
This year's sponsors for "VH1 Divas" include: AT&T, BURGER KING®, COVERGIRL, FIAT®, GEICO, The Hershey Company, Old Navy, and SMIRNOFF®.
VH1.com will be offering a complete second screen experience on desktop and mobile, streaming LIVE from the red carpet and backstage so fans don't miss a moment of the action. VH1.com will also host a live Twitter Tracker to keep tabs on the up-to-the-minute social media action around the show, and the show will be prominently featured in VH1's Co-Star application. For more information about the show visit DIVAS.VH1.com, "Like" VH1 on Facebook, and follow @VH1DIVAS on Twitter and use the hashtag #VH1DIVAS to talk about the show.
Additional performers, presenters, special guests and sponsors will be announced as they are confirmed.
Premiering on VH1 in 1998, "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. Last year, the "Divas" paid tribute to the great cities of Soul Music including: Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia with "Divas Celebrates Soul" featuring Mary J, Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Chaka Khan, and Jill Scott. 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, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks and numerous others have graced the "VH1 Divas" stage.
"VH1 Divas" is executive produced by Jesse Ignanovic for Den of Thieves and Ricky Minor. Lee Rolontz and Rick Krim are executive producers for VH1.
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 99 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, and extensive video on VH1.com. VH1 is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to www.vh1press.com or visit VH1.com, the VH1 Facebook page and @VH1 on Twitter.
ABOUT THE VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $49.5 million in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 128 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.1 million children. The 2012 Ambassador Class - dedicated to raising awareness and funds to benefit The Foundation - includes: Jordin Sparks, Katy Perry, Gavin Rossdale, AJ McLean, Vanessa Carlton, Matthew Morrison, Daughtry and Lupe Fiasco. Get involved at www.vh1savethemusic.com and follow us on twitter @vh1savethemusic.