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Florence Welch and Jessie J join first ladies of music honoured at Diva night

The female stars of modern music turned on the style as VH1 honoured singing divas at its annual Divas special.

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 Chaka Khan were working together on music and movie projects.

Our pictures show, from the left; Dolly Parton, Florence Welch, Mary J Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J.

The night honoured cities where soul music has thrived, such as Philadelphia, Detroit, Memphis, Chicago and London.