The 16 Best Performers from VH1 Divas Live

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Man, VH1's Divas Live series was the $h*! I stayed home for. Not the Grammys, not the Billboard Music Awards, not even the Super Bowl halftime show. Divas Live was the only place where I could see women belt their hearts out to the greatest songs ever recorded in history. (Don’t @ me.)

The last Divas Live performance was only last year, with Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams and Teyana Taylor performing holiday hits. The series lost some steam in the later years, which I blame on Kid Rock and Pitbull, but those late-‘90s performances were a live television treasure trove. Celine, Mariah, Aretha, Shania, Cher. Surnames don’t even matter for Divas Live performers. These women command audiences with only one name.

Despite the series’ later-years misses, it was an influential piece of pop culture that took the entitled meaning behind “diva” and turned it into something powerful. Dozens of voices were featured throughout the years, and these ones are our absolute favorites.