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Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence Welch, and Jennifer Hudson to headline this year's 'Vh1 Divas'

The annual VH1 Divas show has become something of a referendum on the biggest female singing stars in the music world. Last year featured ascendant stars like Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, and Nicki Minaj, and previous Divas include Beyoncé, Adele, Jordin Sparks, Miley Cyrus, and Whitney Houston.

This time around, the headliners are no exception: Kelly Clarkson, Florence Welch, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott are all scheduled to perform. It’s a return date for Clarkson, Blige, Hudson, and Scott, while Welch and Jessie J will be making their Divas debuts.

This year’s show will also feature the Roots (who will serve as the house band, presumably because of federal law that requires them to back up everybody) and will pay tribute to a number of influential musical cities, including Chicago, London, Detroit, Memphis, and Philadelphia. The show airs December 19.

So let’s go ahead and do some fantasy booking, shall we? Though most of the show will probably be devoted to the funk and soul tracks that came from those cities, there are a few things we’re hoping for while all those ladies are in the same room.

Since Jessie J loves a good cover, she should go toe-to-toe with Clarkson on a run through “Since U Been Gone.” Welch and Hudson should pay homage to Blige with a tribute, maybe “Real Love” or “Family Affair”? And is there any chance Scott can do a version of the Roots’ “You Got Me,” since she co-wrote that song?

What do you want to see this year’s Divas do? Sing your torch song in the comments.

Read more on EW.com:
Review: Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Review: Florence + The Machine, Ceremonials
AMAs announce more performers, including Justin Bieber and Kelly Clarkson. Who are you most excited for?

'Pop Up Video' reboot: Watch them skewer Britney Spears' 'Till the World Ends'

VH1 announced back in May that it was resurrecting its beloved late ’90s/early ’00s series Pop Up Video, which successfully ran on the cable network (and was its highest-rated series for a time) from 1996 through 2002.

Well, that announcement is about to bear fruit: The show — which famously began the trend of playing back music videos and overlaying them with nuggets of behind-the-scenes info and other funny and/or snarky quips — is set to return Oct. 3.

Below you can check out the updated opening graphics, as well as the Pop Up version of Britney Spears’ apocalyptic dance party video for “Till the World Ends,” which will air in the two episodes that debut on premiere night. READ FULL STORY

Ricky Martin on VH1's 'Behind the Music': On hiding his sexuality during his rise to success -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW VIDEO

Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin sold more than 60 million albums during his run at the top of the charts in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with hits such as “Living La Vida Loca,” “She Bangs,” and “La Copa de la Vida.”

Through it all, though, he was hiding a big secret about his sexuality that didn’t come out until much later.

Martin has done VH1’s Behind the Music once before, but he returns for a second round to discuss his amazing success and, yes, the latest beat in his career and life — his coming out as a gay man — in an episode, Behind the Music: Ricky Martin, that airs on the cable network this Sunday, Aug. 14, at 10 p.m. EW has the exclusive preview clip from the hour-long episode.

“I was trying to believe so hard from the bottom of my heart that I was not gay because what I was presenting on stage was not that,” Martin candidly says in the clip, which you can find below. “So it was very confusing.” He goes on to discuss his relationships with men — and women! — while he was a rising star in the ’90s.

EW has the exclusive first look at the episode here:

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Adam Lambert on VH1's 'Behind the Music': His struggle with his sexuality -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW VIDEO

When eventual runner-up Adam Lambert hit American Idol back in 2009, the buzz about the singer wasn’t only focused on his stellar vocals–much of the din about Lambert instead was about his sexuality, which he didn’t address directly until after the season was completed.

It’s still a hot topic, as Lambert discusses when he first realized he was gay in the latest episode of VH1’s Behind the Music: Adam Lambert, which will air on the cable network Sunday, August 7, at 10 p.m. EW has the exclusive preview clip of the hour-long episode.

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Enrique Iglesias on 'Behind the Music': His meteoric rise to stardom -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW VIDEO

Only a handful of stars have rocketed to fame as quickly as Latin singer Enrique Iglesias did when he cracked the global pop market in 1999.

A string of hits that included “Be With You” and “Hero” solidified him as a superstar here in America. That meteoric rise is chronicled in the latest episode of VH1’s Behind the Music: Enrique Iglesias, which will air on the cable network Sunday, July 31, at 10 p.m. EW has the exclusive preview clip of the hour-long episode.

“My first album had just sold, like, six and a half million copies in Spanish,” Iglesias remembers in the preview clip, “and two million in the U.S. with the Spanish album, which was crazy.” The clip also features an interview from a much-younger Iglesias, talking about his pre-fame romantic trials back in 1999. “Before I was a singer, I used to get dumped all the time,” he says. “Suddenly, you become a singer, and someone’s sex life can definitely get a lot better.”

The episode, of course, also retraces the rest of Iglesias’ career and what led him to sell more than 58 million records worldwide. Iglesias discusses how he came to be the man he is today, what the people in his life mean to him, and his 10-year relationship with tennis superstar Anna Kournikova. Plus: He reveals his thoughts on the rumors and issues that have plagued him during his career.

EW has the exclusive first look at the episode here:

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Mary J. Blige on VH1's 'Behind the Music': On going sober for love -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW VIDEO

The trials and tribulations of R&B/soul/hip-hop legend Mary J. Blige are well documented, especially when you go through her discography—the singer has famously used her music to tell the stories of her own struggle.

And now, the newest episode of VH1’s Behind the Music: Mary J. Blige, which will air on the cable network Sunday, July 24, at 10 p.m., continues to tell the story, specifically about her struggle to quit drinking for her husband, record executive Martin Kendu Isaacs. EW has the exclusive preview clip of the hour-long episode. READ FULL STORY

Miranda Lambert on VH1's 'Behind the Music': The star talks about her early romance with Blake Shelton -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW VIDEO

Just how did country stars Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton get together? The newest episode of VH1’s Behind the Music: Miranda Lambert—which will air on the cable network tomorrow, July 13, at 10 p.m.—tells the full story, and EW has the exclusive preview clip of the hour.

Behind the Music delves into Lambert’s relationship with Shelton, specifically how their attraction began during a simple duet while he was still married to his ex-wife. “He’s hilarious,” Lambert recounts, in the exclusive clip, which you can find below. “We had instant chemistry, just like messing with each other, and he’s real easy to be around.”

Lambert’s mother talks about the pair’s relationship, too, but it’s Shelton chiming in that’s especially juicy. “I’ve never had that kind of experience with anybody,” he remembers. “I was a married guy, you know? Standing up there and singing with somebody and going, ‘Man, this shouldn’t be happening.’ Looking back on that, I was falling in love with her, right there on stage.” Adds Lambert: “It was just like this draw to each other. It was just sort of this inevitable chemistry.”

Fellow country stars Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott also illuminate Lambert’s life via interviews for the show.

EW has the exclusive first look at the episode. Watch the full, exclusive preview video here:

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Ice Cube on VH1's 'Behind the Music': Watch the preview -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Rapper Missy Elliott launched the latest round of VH1’s Behind the Music episodes last week, and the next musician to get similar treatment is another rapper: Ice Cube. The episode — which premieres tomorrow, July 6 at 10 p.m. on VH1 — follows the three-decade-long career of Cube, tracing his way from his upbringing in South Central Los Angeles to being a founding member of NWA to eventually becoming an actor in movies like Friday and Are We There Yet?

Cube talks at length about his family and kids (two of which hope to follow in his footsteps!), and friends like Snoop Dogg, DJ Yella, and Nia Long talk about the rapper. EW has the exclusive first look at the episode. Watch the full, exclusive preview video here:

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Mumford & Sons covers The National's 'England' on 'VH1 Unplugged' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Mumford & Sons doing The National? Yes, please.

The buzzy English folk rockers are the latest to take the plunge on VH1’s recently rebooted Unplugged series, and EW has the exclusive video of their cover of stately Brooklyn-based indie outfit The National‘s song “England.”

It turns out that the Mumford boys have admired The National for a long time. “We’re big fans,” says Mumford & Sons vocalist Marcus Mumford just before performing “England” in the video, embedded below.

“Last summer,” he continues, “we got to see them, like, five or six times, and really loved High Violet as an album and that song ['England] obviously sticks out for us cause we’re English. Still trying to figure out if it’s offensive towards English people, but yeah, we’re making it non-offensive. We’re making it sort of like a real Britannia song today.”

“When we were asked to play a cover, it just sort of jumped out. As opposed,” he jokes, “to playing Ween’s version of ‘Waving my D— in the Wind,’ which we thought we’d save for another time.” Watch it here:

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Cee Lo Green on Vh1's 'Storytellers': Watch him cover Bill Wither's 'Lovely Day' here in a sneak preview -- EXCLUSIVE

Soul star Cee Lo Green may be coaching new jacks on hit NBC show The Voice, but let’s not forget that he’s a player, too.

On Friday May 20 at 11 PM ET/PT, he’ll star in VH1 Storytellers: Cee Lo Green. Backed by his beautiful lady band, the singer/rapper will run through his hits—expect “F*** You” and “Crazy” to get the audience hyped—and an excellent cover, too.

Watch below as Green takes on Bill Withers’ mellow 1977 classic, “Lovely Day.” Check out our exclusive clip of Cee putting his spin on it after the jump:

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