VH1 may have honored singing divas at its annual VH1 Divas special, but the night was all about collaboration.
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 .
"It's exciting. You see me, I'm standing next to the fire," 50 Cent said, while Khan laughed.
The rapper said he called the veteran singer and told her he wanted to be her date. He said he and Khan are working together on music and movie projects.
"Hopefully we'll be able to put together some movie things because her life story is epic," he said. "I want to be a part of it."
Khan added that 50 Cent is "savvy" and she's excited to learn from the younger generation.
"(He) knows the ropes in a way I don't, in a way I'm looking to. He'll be giving me a lot of direction in the future," she said.
Another unconventional pair was Welch and Staples, who told the London singer "I just love you so much."
"I saw you the other night on 'X Factor.' I saw you. I said there she go that machine!" Staples said, laughing along with Welch.
The night honored cities where soul music has thrived, like Philadelphia, Detroit, Memphis, Chicago and London.
"With Amy it hurts me bad that she's not here. I got to talk her slightly over 24 hours before she passed. We were supposed to hang and work on stuff, but I think it's very fitting tonight," said Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, whose group The Roots  worked as the event's house band. "(We're) giving really a talented soul her just-do."
"She was the most incredible artist," added Welch, who performed Winehouse's "Back to Black" at the taping, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom. "I feel kind of overwhelmed."
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