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Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige will make their way to the small screen for NBC’s remake of The Wiz.

The network has confirmed that Dana Owens, Queen’s legal name, and Blige will join the cast for the grand musical set to premiere this December. Owens will play the  wizard, meanwhile, Mary will take on the role of the Wicked Witch of the West.

“We are so happy reuniting with Latifah,” the executive producers, who worked with Latifah on Hairspray, Chicago and Steel Magnolias said in a press release. “We’ve been friends for a long time and we’ve had quite a lot of success together. To see her play the iconic role of the Wiz and make it her own is going to be one of the joys of producing this event.”

Director, Kenny Leon said of Blige, “I can’t wait to watch Mary bring the badness that is Evillene.”

The Wiz was a classic 1975 Broadway production that went on to become a classic film in 1978, starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne, Nipsey Russell and Richard Pryor.

Congrats to the ladies.

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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