Mary J. Blige performs onstage during Nickelodeon's 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium on Oct. 26, 2011 in Hollywood

*This year’s “VH1 Divas” will Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson and others to celebrate their hometowns for the special “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” special, which will air Dec. 19. The concert will be taped the day before in New York City.

According to a Thursday statement, Chicago, Detroit, London, Philadelphia and Memphis, Tenn., will serve as the musical inspirations for the performers, who will also include Kelly Clarkson, Florence and the Machine and Jessie J

With The Roots serving as the house band, the ladies will pay tribute to the places that helped create or contributed to the genre.