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Amber Riley, Ellie Kemper & More Join Line-Up of VH1 DIVAS, 12/16

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VH1's popular franchise "VH1 Divas" announced today that British star Paloma Faith will be joining this year's LIVE dance music tribute. In addition Elisha Cuthbert , Sheila E, Kat Graham, Ellie Kemper, LA Reid and Amber Riley will make an appearance and join the "VH1 Divas" dance party LIVE at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, December 16 at 9PM/8c on VH1. To purchase tickets for VH1 Divas please visithttp://on.vh1.com/DIVAStix.

This year "VH1 Divas" red carpet will be live streamed on DIVAS.VH1.com on Sunday, December 16 from 8-9PM ET/4-6PM PT (#VH1DIVAS).The live stream will provide fans an unfiltered front-row seat to all the red carpet action and will feature real time interviews with entertainment's biggest stars. Beginning Monday, December 17, fans can view a curated red carpet highlights video on DIVAS.VH1.com.

In the spirit of celebration and appreciation VH1 Divas will include a tribute to two divas we lost this past year, whose voices always lead us straight to the dance floor, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. Previously announced performers who will pay homage to dance music with performances featuring current and classic hits include: Iggy Azalea, Natasha Bedingfield, Havana Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Ciara, Bootsy Collins, Miley Cyrus, Melanie Fiona, Keri Hilson, Ledisi, Demi Lovato, Metric, Pitbull, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks. Previously announced appearances include: La La Anthony, Jenna Dewan Tatum , Stacey Keibler , NeNe Leakes , Brandy Norwood and Kelly Osbourne .

As in previous years, this edition of "VH1 Divas" will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping music education alive in American public schools. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $49.5 million in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 128 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.1 million children. To purchase tickets to the VH1 Divas live concert and Official After-party hosted by VH1 Divas and Foundation Ambassador Jordin Sparks with special Guest DJs, The Dolls: Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe and KISSette please visit http://www.vh1savethemusic.com/divas2012.

This year's sponsors for "VH1 Divas" include: AT&T, BURGER KING, COVERGIRL, FIAT, GEICO, The Hershey Company, and Old Navy.

VH1.com will be offering a complete second screen experience on desktop and mobile, streaming LIVE from the red carpet and backstage so fans don't miss a moment of the action. VH1.com will also host a live Twitter Tracker to keep tabs on the up-to-the-minute social media action around the show, and the show will be prominently featured in VH1's Co-Star application. For more information about the show visit DIVAS.VH1.com, "Like" VH1 on Facebook, and follow @VH1DIVAS on Twitter and use the hashtag #VH1DIVAS to talk about the show.

Additional performers, presenters, special guests and sponsors will be announced as they are confirmed.

Premiering on VH1 in 1998, "Divas" became synonymous with some of the most memorable, live, female vocal performances in television history. The show quickly became a highly anticipated annual phenomenon, generating speculation among music fans and industry executives on who would be part of that year's telecast. Last year, the "Divas" paid tribute to the great cities of Soul Music including: Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia with "Divas Celebrates Soul" featuring Mary J, Blige, Kelly Clarkson , Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Hudson , Jessie J, Chaka Khan , and Jill Scott . Previous featured performers over the years included Diana Ross , Tina Turner , Cher, Mariah Carey , Celine Dion ,Aretha Franklin , Mary J. Blige , Shania Twain, Faith Hill , Whitney Houston , Beyonce, Chaka Khan , Adele, Kelly Clarkson , Miley Cyrus , Jennifer Hudson , Leona Lewis , Jordin Sparks and numerous others have graced the "VH1 Divas" stage.

"VH1 Divas" is executive produced by Jesse Ignanovic for Den of Thieves and Rickey Minor . Lee Rolontz and Rick Krim are executive producers for VH1.

ABOUT VH1

VH1connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 99 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, and extensive video on VH1.com. VH1 is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to www.vh1press.com or visit VH1.com, the VH1 Facebook page and @VH1 on Twitter.

ABOUT THE VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America¹s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child¹s complete education. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $49.5 million in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 128school districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.1 million children. The 2013 Ambassador Class - dedicated to raising awareness and funds to benefit The Foundation - includes: MariahCarey, B.o.B., Ingrid Michaelson , Matchbox Twenty, Robin Thicke , LeAnn Rimes , Andy Grammer and Henrik Lundqvist . Get involved at http://www.vh1savethemusic.org and follow the foundation on twitter@vh1savethemusic.

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