VH1 Salutes The 'Queen of Soul' In 'VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin,' In Fourth Annual Star-Studded 'Divas' Concert, Airing Live, Tuesday, April 10 at 9:00 P.M. (ET/PT)

Featuring Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Celia Cruz,

Marc Anthony, Kid Rock, Nelly Furtado and Backstreet Boys



Presenters Include Backstreet Boys A.J., Howie And Kevin, Janet Jackson,

Sigourney Weaver, Renee Zellweger, Angie Harmon, Pamela Anderson,

Billy Dee Williams and 'The Sopranos' Stars Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco,

Drea DeMateo and Aida Turturro



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from VH1

    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The music world will salute a living
 legend when "VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin," airs live on
 VH1 on Tuesday, April 10 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).  Ms. Franklin will be joined on
 stage by Mary J. Blige, Salsa legend Celia Cruz, hot Grammy-nominated rising
 star Jill Scott, Marc Anthony, Kid Rock, acclaimed newcomer Nelly Furtado, and
 the Backtsreet Boys' A.J., Howie and Kevin (who will also be presenters).
 Big-screen stars Sigourney Weaver and Renee Zellweger, Angie Harmon of "Law &
 Order," star of TV's "VIP" Pamela Anderson, suave Hollywood leading man Billy
 Dee Williams, and "The Sopranos" stars Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Drea
 DeMateo and Aida Turturro will join superstar singer Janet Jackson as
 presenters for the event.
     "VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin" will bring together
 some of the biggest male and female artists in music history for one night of
 unforgettable performances, while spotlighting living legend "Lady Soul"
 onstage at New York City's legendary Radio City Music Hall.  In addition to
 the performers announced above, Ms. Franklin will duet with Paul H. Morton, a
 Pentecostal minister, on the song "Precious Memories."  She also has assembled
 an impressive line-up of musicians for the jazz portion of the show:  Herbie
 Hancock, piano; James Carter, sax; Max Roach, drum; Ron Carter, bass; and
 Clark Terry, trumpet.
     Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," is a living legend, the first female
 performer inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and an inspiration and
 influence on countless other female vocalists the world over.  Winner of
 numerous awards, citations and other accolades, including 17 Grammy Awards,
 the Grammy Legend Award (1991) and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
 (1994), Aretha has also been a Kennedy Center Honoree (1994), winner of the
 National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton (1999), and has performed at
 four Presidential Inaugurations.  Among her 100 pop and R&B chart hits are
 "Respect," "A Natural Woman," "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone,"
 "Chain of Fools," "Think," "Spanish Harlem," "Until You Come Back to Me,"
 "Freeway of Love," "Who's Zoomin' Who," "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
 with The Eurythmics, and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" with George
 Michael.
     Mary J. Blige is a returning "Diva," having performed previously on "VH1
 Divas Live '99." The multi-platinum hip-hop queen of soul artist's most recent
 album is "Mary," following her stunning debut "What's the 411," "My Life" and
 "Share My World."  A 1996 Grammy winner for Best rap performance for "I'll Be
 There/You're All I Need" with Method Man, Mary has been nominated for four
 other Grammy Awards as well as several NAACP Image Awards, five Soul Train
 Awards, and six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards (winning for Best R&B Solo
 Single for "Not Gonna Cry" and R&B/Soul Album of the year Solo for "Share My
 World").  Mary's humanitarian efforts have been extensive including her
 involvement with "Rock the Vote," "Partnership for a Drug Free America," and
 most recently with M.A.C. Viva Glam 111 lipstick in which all proceeds are
 donated to the M.A.C. AIDS fund.
     Hot new star Jill Scott's dynamic and emotional debut album "Who Is Jill
 Scott?  Words & Sounds Vol. 1" struck certified gold after only 14 weeks in
 release last autumn and went on to reach platinum status last month, led by
 the smash single "Getting in the Way."  Beyond heaps of critical acclaim --
 such as being named USA Today's No. 1 R&B Album -- Jill has received
 nominations for three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best R&B
 Female Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album of the Year, as well as four NAACP
 Image Awards, three Soul Train Awards, and two BRIT Awards (including Best
 International Female Artist).  She recently completed extensive concert tours
 of the U.S. and Europe.
     Marc Anthony has left his mark on American popular culture in many ways,
 and in a very short time.  He has sold more records than any salsa singer in
 the world, starred on Broadway in Paul Simon's "The Capeman," on the silver
 screen in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead" and Stanley Tucci's "Big
 Night," and sold out Madison Square Garden five times.  Despite huge fame in
 other countries, however, Anthony remained relatively unknown outside the
 Latin music world in the U.S. -- the result of having sung almost exclusively
 in Spanish -- until the September 1999 release of his English-language CD,
 "Marc Anthony."  The album has since been certified quadruple platinum. A 1998
 Grammy winner for Best Latin/Tropical Performance (for "Contra la Corriente"),
 he has also been nominated for Grammies for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
 (1999) for "I Need To Know" as well as Best Pop Vocal Performance (2000) for
 "You Sang to Me."
     Kid Rock is one of rock's most compelling artists and performers.  Fueled
 by the success of singles like "Bawitdaba," "Cowboy," "Only God Knows Why" and
 "American Badass," Kid Rock has seen his last two albums, "Devil Without A
 Cause" and "History of Rock" soar to 9 times platinum and 3 times platinum,
 respectively.  Known for his explosive live concerts, the star has just
 wrapped up a sold-out, headlining American tour.  He has been nominated for
 two Grammy awards and this year had the honor of inducting his longtime heroes
 Aerosmith into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame.  Kid Rock is also enjoying his
 debut on the big screen with a role in David Spade's current movie, "The
 Adventures of Joe Dirt."
     At age 20, Nelly Furtado is the hottest young star in music with the
 release of her critically acclaimed first album for DreamWorks Records, "Whoa
 Nelly!," which has been propelled to certified gold status by the hit single
 "Like a Bird."  The eclectic singer mixes English, Portuguese and Hindi
 languages as well as plays guitar, ukulele and trombone.  She also played her
 first real concerts last year on the Lilith Fair tour, performing alongside
 such top stars as Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan.
     "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz has recorded with some of the biggest names in
 music including Dionne Warwick, Patti Labelle, David Byrne, Gloria Estefan and
 Wyclef Jean.   With over 70 albums recorded, her music has garnered a healthy
 amount of gold and platinum records, plus more than a hundred awards from
 prestigious institutions worldwide.  In addition, Celia Cruz has received
 twelve Grammy nominations, winning it for the first time in 1989.
     The "VH1 Divas" phenomenon began on April 14, 1998, when "VH1 Divas Live"
 spotlighted Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan and
 Shania Twain together onstage at New York's Beacon Theatre.  "VH1 Divas Live
 '99," airing live from the Beacon Theatre on April 13, starred Whitney
 Houston, Cher, Tina Turner and Brandy, with special guests Sir Elton John,
 LeAnn Rimes, Mary J. Blige, Faith Hill and Chaka Khan.  Last year, the April
 11 presentation of "VH1 Divas 2000:  A Tribute to Diana Ross" featured Diana
 Ross, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill and Donna Summer, plus Destiny's Child, Hilary
 Swank, RuPaul, Queen Latifah, and former Supremes singers Lynda Laurence and
 Scherrie Payne.  One week later, Sting, Backstreet Boys, Tom Jones, D'Angelo
 and Enrique Iglesias challenged the Divas at their own musical game with "Men
 Strike Back," the first-ever male dominated Divas concert, also featuring
 Christina Aguilera and Sisqo.  The three "Divas" specials are among the
 all-time highest rated broadcasts in VH1's history.
     VH1's "Divas" specials raise funds for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation,
 a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music programs
 in America's public schools, and to raising awareness of the positive impact
 that music participation has on students.  Since VH1 Save The Music was
 created in 1997, more than $10 million worth of musical instruments has been
 donated to 530 public schools in 40 cities, improving the lives of more than
 200,000 children.
 
     "VH1 Divas Live:  The One and Only Aretha Franklin -- A Benefit Concert
 for VH1 Save The Music Foundation" is sponsored by Dodge and Chrysler, Clairol
 Hydrience and Infusium, Visa, Diet Coke, Old Navy, Kodak Max HQ One-Time-Use
 Flash Camera and Revlon.
 
     VH1 produces and programs a wide variety of music-based series, specials,
 live events and acquisition-based programming that keep viewers in touch with
 the music they love.  VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of
 Viacom Inc.  MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming
 services MTV:  Music Television, MTV 2:  Music Television, Nickelodeon/Nick at
 Nite, TV Land and VH1 as well as The Suite from MTV Networks, a package of ten
 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks.  MTV Networks
 also has joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby
 its programming can be seen worldwide
 
 

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    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The music world will salute a living
 legend when "VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin," airs live on
 VH1 on Tuesday, April 10 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).  Ms. Franklin will be joined on
 stage by Mary J. Blige, Salsa legend Celia Cruz, hot Grammy-nominated rising
 star Jill Scott, Marc Anthony, Kid Rock, acclaimed newcomer Nelly Furtado, and
 the Backtsreet Boys' A.J., Howie and Kevin (who will also be presenters).
 Big-screen stars Sigourney Weaver and Renee Zellweger, Angie Harmon of "Law &
 Order," star of TV's "VIP" Pamela Anderson, suave Hollywood leading man Billy
 Dee Williams, and "The Sopranos" stars Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Drea
 DeMateo and Aida Turturro will join superstar singer Janet Jackson as
 presenters for the event.
     "VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin" will bring together
 some of the biggest male and female artists in music history for one night of
 unforgettable performances, while spotlighting living legend "Lady Soul"
 onstage at New York City's legendary Radio City Music Hall.  In addition to
 the performers announced above, Ms. Franklin will duet with Paul H. Morton, a
 Pentecostal minister, on the song "Precious Memories."  She also has assembled
 an impressive line-up of musicians for the jazz portion of the show:  Herbie
 Hancock, piano; James Carter, sax; Max Roach, drum; Ron Carter, bass; and
 Clark Terry, trumpet.
     Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," is a living legend, the first female
 performer inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and an inspiration and
 influence on countless other female vocalists the world over.  Winner of
 numerous awards, citations and other accolades, including 17 Grammy Awards,
 the Grammy Legend Award (1991) and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
 (1994), Aretha has also been a Kennedy Center Honoree (1994), winner of the
 National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton (1999), and has performed at
 four Presidential Inaugurations.  Among her 100 pop and R&B chart hits are
 "Respect," "A Natural Woman," "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone,"
 "Chain of Fools," "Think," "Spanish Harlem," "Until You Come Back to Me,"
 "Freeway of Love," "Who's Zoomin' Who," "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
 with The Eurythmics, and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" with George
 Michael.
     Mary J. Blige is a returning "Diva," having performed previously on "VH1
 Divas Live '99." The multi-platinum hip-hop queen of soul artist's most recent
 album is "Mary," following her stunning debut "What's the 411," "My Life" and
 "Share My World."  A 1996 Grammy winner for Best rap performance for "I'll Be
 There/You're All I Need" with Method Man, Mary has been nominated for four
 other Grammy Awards as well as several NAACP Image Awards, five Soul Train
 Awards, and six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards (winning for Best R&B Solo
 Single for "Not Gonna Cry" and R&B/Soul Album of the year Solo for "Share My
 World").  Mary's humanitarian efforts have been extensive including her
 involvement with "Rock the Vote," "Partnership for a Drug Free America," and
 most recently with M.A.C. Viva Glam 111 lipstick in which all proceeds are
 donated to the M.A.C. AIDS fund.
     Hot new star Jill Scott's dynamic and emotional debut album "Who Is Jill
 Scott?  Words & Sounds Vol. 1" struck certified gold after only 14 weeks in
 release last autumn and went on to reach platinum status last month, led by
 the smash single "Getting in the Way."  Beyond heaps of critical acclaim --
 such as being named USA Today's No. 1 R&B Album -- Jill has received
 nominations for three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best R&B
 Female Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album of the Year, as well as four NAACP
 Image Awards, three Soul Train Awards, and two BRIT Awards (including Best
 International Female Artist).  She recently completed extensive concert tours
 of the U.S. and Europe.
     Marc Anthony has left his mark on American popular culture in many ways,
 and in a very short time.  He has sold more records than any salsa singer in
 the world, starred on Broadway in Paul Simon's "The Capeman," on the silver
 screen in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead" and Stanley Tucci's "Big
 Night," and sold out Madison Square Garden five times.  Despite huge fame in
 other countries, however, Anthony remained relatively unknown outside the
 Latin music world in the U.S. -- the result of having sung almost exclusively
 in Spanish -- until the September 1999 release of his English-language CD,
 "Marc Anthony."  The album has since been certified quadruple platinum. A 1998
 Grammy winner for Best Latin/Tropical Performance (for "Contra la Corriente"),
 he has also been nominated for Grammies for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
 (1999) for "I Need To Know" as well as Best Pop Vocal Performance (2000) for
 "You Sang to Me."
     Kid Rock is one of rock's most compelling artists and performers.  Fueled
 by the success of singles like "Bawitdaba," "Cowboy," "Only God Knows Why" and
 "American Badass," Kid Rock has seen his last two albums, "Devil Without A
 Cause" and "History of Rock" soar to 9 times platinum and 3 times platinum,
 respectively.  Known for his explosive live concerts, the star has just
 wrapped up a sold-out, headlining American tour.  He has been nominated for
 two Grammy awards and this year had the honor of inducting his longtime heroes
 Aerosmith into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame.  Kid Rock is also enjoying his
 debut on the big screen with a role in David Spade's current movie, "The
 Adventures of Joe Dirt."
     At age 20, Nelly Furtado is the hottest young star in music with the
 release of her critically acclaimed first album for DreamWorks Records, "Whoa
 Nelly!," which has been propelled to certified gold status by the hit single
 "Like a Bird."  The eclectic singer mixes English, Portuguese and Hindi
 languages as well as plays guitar, ukulele and trombone.  She also played her
 first real concerts last year on the Lilith Fair tour, performing alongside
 such top stars as Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan.
     "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz has recorded with some of the biggest names in
 music including Dionne Warwick, Patti Labelle, David Byrne, Gloria Estefan and
 Wyclef Jean.   With over 70 albums recorded, her music has garnered a healthy
 amount of gold and platinum records, plus more than a hundred awards from
 prestigious institutions worldwide.  In addition, Celia Cruz has received
 twelve Grammy nominations, winning it for the first time in 1989.
     The "VH1 Divas" phenomenon began on April 14, 1998, when "VH1 Divas Live"
 spotlighted Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan and
 Shania Twain together onstage at New York's Beacon Theatre.  "VH1 Divas Live
 '99," airing live from the Beacon Theatre on April 13, starred Whitney
 Houston, Cher, Tina Turner and Brandy, with special guests Sir Elton John,
 LeAnn Rimes, Mary J. Blige, Faith Hill and Chaka Khan.  Last year, the April
 11 presentation of "VH1 Divas 2000:  A Tribute to Diana Ross" featured Diana
 Ross, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill and Donna Summer, plus Destiny's Child, Hilary
 Swank, RuPaul, Queen Latifah, and former Supremes singers Lynda Laurence and
 Scherrie Payne.  One week later, Sting, Backstreet Boys, Tom Jones, D'Angelo
 and Enrique Iglesias challenged the Divas at their own musical game with "Men
 Strike Back," the first-ever male dominated Divas concert, also featuring
 Christina Aguilera and Sisqo.  The three "Divas" specials are among the
 all-time highest rated broadcasts in VH1's history.
     VH1's "Divas" specials raise funds for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation,
 a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music programs
 in America's public schools, and to raising awareness of the positive impact
 that music participation has on students.  Since VH1 Save The Music was
 created in 1997, more than $10 million worth of musical instruments has been
 donated to 530 public schools in 40 cities, improving the lives of more than
 200,000 children.
 
     "VH1 Divas Live:  The One and Only Aretha Franklin -- A Benefit Concert
 for VH1 Save The Music Foundation" is sponsored by Dodge and Chrysler, Clairol
 Hydrience and Infusium, Visa, Diet Coke, Old Navy, Kodak Max HQ One-Time-Use
 Flash Camera and Revlon.
 
     VH1 produces and programs a wide variety of music-based series, specials,
 live events and acquisition-based programming that keep viewers in touch with
 the music they love.  VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of
 Viacom Inc.  MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming
 services MTV:  Music Television, MTV 2:  Music Television, Nickelodeon/Nick at
 Nite, TV Land and VH1 as well as The Suite from MTV Networks, a package of ten
 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks.  MTV Networks
 also has joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby
 its programming can be seen worldwide
 
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