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Watch: Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Ari Lennox, Jazmine Sullivan & Lalah Hathaway Had A Sing-Off at ESSENCE Fest

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When it was announced that Mary J. Blige would be curating the first ever “Ladies Night” concert evening at this year’s ESSENCE Festival, it was inevitable that audience members would be witnessing some of the best female voices in music.

Gathering together an amazing line-up of SANGERS for the special Saturday night show at the Superdome in New Orleans, attendees were not only blessed with outstanding solo performances, but a special surprise sing-off!

During Chaka Khan’s solo set on the main stage, the R&B icon treated the crowd to one of the most memorable moments of the weekend. While performing the final song in her set, “I’m Every Woman” — and as the crowd sang along — Jazmine Sullivan walked out joining Khan on stage.

The Superdome cheered, but they weren’t even prepared for what would happen next. Jazmine helped on the second verse, but then Mary J. Blige, Lalah Hathaway, and Ari Lennox walked out for the chorus!

After singing together, Khan encouraged each woman to offer a solo. Hathaway and Sullivan did classic jazz scats, Lennox sang a beautiful melody, and Blige belted out some soulful vocal runs.

Watch the footage below!

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Listen: Chaka Khan Releases New Single “I Love Myself” feat. B. Slade

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R&B legend Chaka Khan has returned with the release of her new single “I Love Myself” featuring singer/songwriter/producer B. Slade. The uptempo, empowering anthem is the first official single released under the 10x Grammy Award-winning songstresses newly founded indie record label venture, iKhan Sounds.

Co-written and produced by B. Slade, Eve Nelson and Khan, “I Love Myself” promotes self-esteem and putting one’s life in order.

“I love me / I know who I am / I love me / I’m in love with myself,” she sings. “Here I stand, as a grown woman / Trying to get my mind right / Get my money right / If I don’t love myself than nobody else can.”

Chaka released a previous version of the song in 2016, but the new version includes an a cappella intro of her classic song “Through The Fire.”

A music video for “I Love Myself” is due out on June 30. The visuals will feature 10 special guest winners from her “I Love Myself Video Contest” – an initiative helmed by Khan to engage fans in helping to spread the message of self-esteem and acceptance by uploading a clip of themselves lip-synching the chorus of the song.

Take a listen below.

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Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, JoJo, Teyana Taylor & More Perform at VH1 ‘Divas Holiday’

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On Monday night (Dec. 5), VH1 helped kicked off the holidays with their special concert “Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night,” held at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.

After a four-year hiatus of “VH1 Divas,” the network returned with a festive spectacle of holiday cheer through performances by some of today’s great singers and young stars.

The evening was blessed by the Queen of Christmas herself, Mariah Carey, who opened the show with her classic original song “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”  Following MC, came the trio of JoJo, Serayah, and Bebe Rexha, who sang “All Alone on Christmas.”

Legendary songstress Patti LaBelle shook the building with her tremendous vocals, performing her 1992 single “When You’ve Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven).”  The legends continued to grace the stage, including Vanessa Williams who gave a stellar performance of “Save The Best for Last” and “What Child Is This.”

Singer/actress/dancer Teyana Taylor seduced the audience with a very sexy performance of “Santa Baby,” and buzzing singer/songwriter Diana Gordan got everyone in the holiday spirit with “Jingle Bell Rock.”

The legendary Chaka Khan closed out the show with a commanding medley performance of “Ain’t Nobody,” “Natural Woman,” and “I’m Every Woman” joined by Patti LaBelle, and then the rest of the divas.

Catch all the outstanding performances below!

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Chaka Khan Enters Rehab for Painkiller Addiction, Inspired by Prince’s Death

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The legendary Chaka Khan has decided to enter rehab for the second time, for her addiction to painkillers, after seeing the effect it had on her friend and collaborator, Prince.

According to the Associated Press, the R&B icon released a statement about her decision on Sunday (July 10) after reports began spreading on Saturday (July 9). The 63-year-old Grammy Award winner checked into a rehabilitation facility with her sister Yvonne Stevens, known widely as Taka Boom. Khan says she has been battling an addiction to the powerful opioid based, Fentanyl, the same painkiller that Prince was taking at the time of his death.

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Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan Nominated for 2016 Rock Hall of Fame

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Two of our favorite R&B queens have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan are among the musical elite nominated for the 2016 ballot.

For the first time ever, both of these icons are nominated for the prestigious honor. According to Billboard, in order to be eligible for a nomination, 25 years must have passed since the release of the artist’s debut recording, album or single. Janet’s self-titled LP was released in 1982 and Chaka’s debut album with Rufus was released in 1973.

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Ciara, Brandy, Ledisi & More Attend ‘ESSENCE 6th Annual Black Women In Music’ Gala, Honor Jill Scott

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The Grammy’s might be right around the corner, but stars gathered a little in advance to celebrate another big night that’s catered to women of color.

Showing up for Essence’s 6th Annual Black Women in Music Gala, many of the industry’s talented stars came together in support of one another on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Stepping on the red carpet dressed to kill, “I Bet” singer Ciara showed a little hip and lot of thigh in an all black wrap around dress.

Newly single songstress Jordin Sparks also arrived at the event showing a bit of skin, while the curvy Chrisette Michele opted to casually arrive in an all black romper. Donning her big red hair and leather tights, the legendary Chaka Khan offered up her support as she arrived with her engraved fan, as the talented Ledisi, let the girls hang out for the evening in a deep cut pant playsuit.

Other attendees include buzzing singer V Bozeman, Disney star Zendaya, singer/actress Antonique Smith, the lady in blue and honoree, Jill Scott, Leona Lewis, MC Lyte, and more.

In addition to the above stars, singer-actress Brandy was in attendance and even blessed the crowd with a performance for the event featuring her singles “Sitting Up In My Room,” “Put It Down,” and a tribute to Jill Scott with “Golden.”

Catch a few of the shots from the spectacle below!

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Jennifer Hudson, Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, Chaka Khan & T.I. Perform Medley at 2013 ‘Soul Train Awards’

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Jennifer Hudson brought back classic soul with her opening performance at the 2013 ‘Soul Train Awards’ on Sunday night.  The annual event was filmed in early November at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

J-Hud kicked off the celebratory night with her new retro-inspired single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel),” as she stormed the stage in a white tank top and leather skirt backed by a troop of dancers.

The multi-award winning singer/actress surprised the audience by bringing out Evelyn “Champagne” King to perform her classic hit “I’m In Love,” and then Chaka Khan who performed “Do You Love What You Feel.”

Following the legendary ladies, T.I. shock the stage with his verse on Jennifer’s Pharrell-produced single as everyone danced along.

Watch the exciting performance below!

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Chicago Honors Chaka Khan with Street Naming

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The City of Chicago honored ten-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan with a Street Naming of “Chaka Khan Way” on Saturday, July 27, and declared Sunday, July 28, 2013, “Chaka Khan Day” in Chicago, her hometown. The weekend-long celebration also included a free outdoor concert in Millennium Park.

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