‘It’s really special for me,’ Florence Welch tells MTV News of performing at ‘VH1 Celebrates Soul’ airing Monday at 9 p.m. ET.
By Jocelyn Vena, with additional reporting by James Montgomery
Florence and the Machine, Wanda Jackson and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will all take the stage to honor Amy Winehouse at the 2011 “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul.” Nas, a longtime friend of the late singer, will introduce the tribute at the show, which airs Monday night at 9 p.m. ET.
Two of the “Rehab” singer’s most memorable tracks will be performed. Jackson and Florence and the Machine are set to team up on “Back to Black,” while Jones & the Dap-Kings will play “You Know I’m No Good.” Both songs are off Winehouse’s 2006 breakthrough album, Back to Black.
Frontwoman Florence Welch stopped by the MTV offices on Friday (December 16), and we spoke to her about what it means to appear on the popular VH1 “Divas” series.
“It’s a real honor, actually, to be counted amongst these amazing female performers,” Welch told MTV News. “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.”
This year, VH1 will pay tribute to prominent birthplaces of soul music, including Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. The divas are expected to pay homage to these cities and the genre with their own soulful tracks as well as some of classic tunes, at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. In addition to the trio of acts mentioned above, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott and Jessie J are all set to hit the stage for performances.
And the celebration isn’t exclusive to the ladies. The Roots have been confirmed as the event’s house band, and drummer ?uestlove will pull double duty as musical director of the concert. Boyz II Men and Travie McCoy are also on the lineup.
Tune in to “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” on Monday, December 19, at 9 p.m. ET on VH1!