Celebreality network VH1 gears up for their “Divas” concert this year. And this time, the franchise show has a military theme. The network joins USO presenting a night of entertainment while honoring our troops. Nicki Minaj and Keri Hilson join Katy Perry, Sugarland, Paramore and Grace Potter in a WWII style pin-up promo for VH1’s eighth stab at bringing the world’s biggest divas on one stage. The ladies will perform at the MCAS Mirmar and at military bases throughout the Middle East.

The army-theme is timely and heartfelt. But are Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry really divas?

Black Voices’ Karu F. Daniels says, “VH1’s “Divas” franchise is a far cry of that it used to be- when iconic behemoths like Whitney Houston, Cher, Shania Twain, Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin held royal court at one of New York City’s great concert halls.”

A far cry indeed. I pity youth watchers today who have no concept of what a true singing diva looks like. Beyonce can’t do it all by herself—evidence of her absence from the line-up. Rihanna? Well, umm . . . *blank stare.* To include vocal powerhouses like Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Fantasia even would tragically upstage this crew of pin-up poptart “divas.”

Remember the heydey of VH1’s “Divas”? I wasn’t the only one dancing with a hairbrush (ahem, my mic) in front of the TV to iconic performance by Whitney Houston and Chaka Khan. Or even when Mariah Carey accompanied Diana Ross on stage.

Now that’s the VH1 “Divas” I remember. Has the network become entirely diluted, even it’s most stellar show?

VH1’s “Divas” concert airs December 5, 2010 at 9pm ET/PT.

You be the judge! Is this lineup deserving of the “Divas” stage? Sound off!

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