NEW YEAR’S EVE: POP MUSIC
Mavis Staples caps an incredible year at First Night
She wouldn’t call herself a diva, but Mavis Staples was a good sport last week during her appearance on “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul.’’ Paired with Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu, Staples led a rousing rendition of “I’ll Take You There,’’ a soul classic Staples first sang as a member of the Staple Singers. The performance capped an incredible year for Staples, who, at 72, never expected to be so in demand. As part of the First Night festivities, Staples will perform at Symphony Hall tomorrow.