(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Tom Jones is joining Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Jessica Simpson, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, Joss Stone, Ashanti and Eve on stage at this year's "VH1 Divas" with appearances by Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Tyra Banks, Usher, Daryl Hannah, Rebecca Romijn Stamos, Carly Simon, Jessica Alba, Marg Helgenberger, Sheila E., Vanessa Williams, Nia Vardalos, The Pussycat Dolls featuring Carmen Electra and others. "VH1 Divas" will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 18 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed.
VH1's "Divas" specials raise funds for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music programs in America's public schools and to raising awareness of the positive impact that music participation has on students. Since VH1 Save The Music was created in 1997, more than $25 million worth of musical instruments has been donated to 1000 public schools in 80 cities, improving the lives of more than 500,000 children.
Tickets are priced at $150-$75. "VH1 Divas" is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz USA, Diet Pepsi, Eastman Kodak Company, Chrysler, Listerine Pocket Paks, COVERGIRL, T-Mobile USA, Baileys Original Irish Cream, Clairol Natural Instincts, McDonald's, Crest Toothpaste and Infusium 23 Haircare. It is executive produced by Greg Sills and Lee Rolontz; Roy Bennett is the production and lighting designer. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen