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Chaka Khan, left, and Mary J. Blige performs onstage at the "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) By Evan Agostini Chaka Khan, left, and Mary J. Blige performs onstage at the "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) By Evan Agostini
Chaka Khan, left, and 50 Cent arrive at "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) By Charles Sykes Chaka Khan, left, and 50 Cent arrive at "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) By Charles Sykes
From left, Erykah Badu, Marsha Ambrosius and Estelle perform onstage at "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) By Evan Agostini From left, Erykah Badu, Marsha Ambrosius and Estelle perform onstage at "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) By Evan Agostini
Singer Dolly Parton arrives at the "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) By Charles Sykes Singer Dolly Parton arrives at the "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) By Charles Sykes
Singer Jessie J arrives at the "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) By Charles Sykes Singer Jessie J arrives at the "Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul" on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) By Charles Sykes

NEW YORK (AP) -- VH1 may have honored singing divas at its annual VH1 Divas special, but the night was all about collaboration.

50 Cent was hand-in-hand with Chaka Khan on the red carpet; Mavis Staples screamed her love for Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine and Ledisi gushed over meeting Martha Reeves.

The rapper said he and Khan are working together on music and movie projects.

Inside the event, there were more pairings, from Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson to Khan, Staples, Jessie J and Erykah Badu.

The night honored cities where soul music has thrived, like Philadelphia, Detroit, Memphis, Chicago and London.

Welch, Wanda Jackson and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings also paid tribute to the late Amy Winehouse at the special, which airs Monday.

 

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