"VH1 had decided to put together a benefit concert that was to help raise the money for the Save The Music Foundation. In 1998, they had their first charity concert entitled, "VH1 Divas Live '98". They have chosen five female solo acts to perform in this concert. Those five women are: Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain, & Mariah Carey. Carole King was also invited to this concert, but only as a guest diva. These five women helped redefine the meaning of listening to music and it is all defined right here.
Mariah Carey is the first two perform. She comes out, wearing a beautiful white sparkling gown, and performs, "My All". Just as the song nears the end, the song goes into a dance remix, where Mariah closes out the song. After "My All", Mariah then sings, "Make it Happen", a song that she had written about how she made it to where she is now.
Gloria Estefan then takes the stage, wearing a longer silver gown. Gloria sings "Heaven's What I Feel", the first single off her 1998 dance-fused album, "Gloria". After "Heaven's What I Feel", Gloria then sings, "Turn The Beat Around". After those two brilliant songs, Gloria performs an awesome Megamix Medley. The medley consists of, "Dr. Beat", "Conga", "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You", "1-2-3", & "Get On Your Feet".
Shania Twain then takes the stage, wearing a black sparkling half-top and black pants. First, Shania sings, "Man! I Feel Like A Woman". After that, she sits on a stool and, while playing an acoustic guitar, sings, "You're Still The One".
Aretha Franklin then takes the stage to perform, wearing a black party gown. Only, Aretha is not alone. Mariah Carey is with her. The two perform Aretha's hit song, "Chain Of Fools" and they sing it brilliantly.
Celine Dion comes out to the stage, wearing a black suit and black coat. She is joined by Carole King, where they sing Celine Dion's song, "The Reason". Carole King leaves the stage after, "The Reason", where Celine performs, "River Deep, Mountain High", followed by, "My Heart Will Go On".
A piano is wheeled out. Playing the piano is Carole King. Leaning on the side of the piano is Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, & Shania Twain. The three sing, "You've Got A Friend". Carole not only plays the piano, but sings with Celine, Gloria, & Shania. For the finale, Celine, Gloria, Aretha, Shania, Mariah, & Carole take center stage to perform, "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" and "Testimony".
These women gave one hell of a concert, proving that they are Divas. I just hope that for the divas of 2005, they'll choose: Madonna, Roberta Flack, Toni Braxton, Taylor Dayne, Melissa Etheridge, & Annie Lennox. The whole selist for VH1 Divas Live '98 and the Divas of '98 line-up are listed below:
The Divas of '98 Celine Dion Gloria Estefan Aretha Franklin Shania Twain Mariah Carey Carole King (guest diva)
VH1 Divas Live '98 setlist:
MARIAH CAREY -My All -Make It Happen
GLORIA ESTEFAN -Heaven's What I Feel -Turn The Beat Around -(Megamix Medley) Dr. Beat/Conga/Rhythm Is Gonna Get You/1-2-3/Get On Your Feet
SHANIA TWAIN -Man! I Feel Like A Woman -You're Still The One
ARETHA FRANKLIN & MARIAH CAREY -Chain Of Fools
CELINE DION & CAROLE KING -The Reason
CELINE DION -River Deep, Mountain High -My Heart Will Go On
CELINE DION, GLORIA ESTEFAN, SHANIA TWAIN, & CAROLE KING -You've Got A Friend
CELINE DION, GLORIA ESTEFAN, ARETHA FRANKLIN, SHANIA TWAIN, MARIAH CAREY, & CAROLE KING -(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman -Testimony"
Hey there a compilation of five of the best singers.
IJustDiedAlive | 07/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first watched the VH1 Divas Live special on VH1 when it came out on cable tv about a year ago. I have to admit that I was pretty pleased because Celine Dion,Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, and Aretha Franklin(the queen of soul) were on it. Celine is my most favorite singer because she has a magnificent voice. I love listening to her sing and on this video you can catch her singing the World-famous song "My heart will go on.""
Anythin with a duet by Mariah and Aretha is worth it! 1
Chad DeFeo | 04/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this video. It was fantastic. Good performances given by Celine Dion , Shania Twain, Gloria Estefen BUT my hat goes off to Mariah and Aretha. Seeing the two do a duet was breath-taking. Mariah the greatest voice of today ( and ever) and Aretha the Queen of Soul was perfect. Mariah Carey is one reason alone to buy the video. If you aren't the biggest fansof these ladies you will be after watching this video. I luv you Mariah!"
A Great Benefit To Support
IJustDiedAlive | Northern CA, USA | 03/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When funding for school music classes were being cut all over the country people kind of brushed it off as a non-necessity. Studies prooved that many kids prosper in other academic subjects when taking a music class. Art should be available for all kids in school as well as sports. This benefit concert brought awareness to that. Mariah, Celine, Gloria & Shania all appeard to support the cause. And of course Ms. Aretha Franklin. The performnaces were great. Carol King was brought out as a special guest of Celine Dion. The best part of the show was when the diva's sang You've Got A Friend and Natural Woman. This show sounds even better with the 5.1 sound."
Celine, Gloria, Aretha, Shania, Carey: A great performance
IJustDiedAlive | 06/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Divas Live is was great. This is the best because this is the original. The top stars Celine, Gloria, Arethe, Shania, Carey along with special guest Carole King were execelent. But Aretha stole the show when she performed with the other divas her classic "A Natural Woman""