MIRAMAR, Calif. - Katy Perry, Sugarland, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj, Paramore and Grace Potter saluted America's armed service men and women in signature VH1 Divas style Friday night with blow-out performances from military bases around the world.
The USO Presents "VH1 Divas Salute The Troops"concert event will be televised on Sunday, December 5 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on VH1 and internationally courtesy of the Armed Forces Network.
The evening also featured a star-studded roster of guest performers including Ann andNancy Wilsonof Heart and presenters and special guests including First Lady MichelIe Obama, Brandy, Marisa Miller, MC Lyte, Jeffrey Ross,Michael Strahanand Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi & Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from MTV's "Jersey Shore." The show was
hosted by the legendary Kathy Griffin.
In their inaugural performance as VH1's newest Divas, Katy Perry, Keri Hilson and Jennifer Nettles all took to the stage to kick off the night by paying homage to the troops with the classic Army song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."
Host Kathy Griffin then officially started the show by introducing the night's performers. In her typical boundary-pushing style, she ran through the full list of "Things I Can't Discuss" to roaring laughter and applause.
Paramore next took the show around the world to Kuwait, where they met with troops stationed there before performing their hit song "The Only Exception." Katy Perry then immediately brought the action back in-house with a gravity-defying performance of her smash summer hit "California Gurls."
Sugarland took to the stage to perform their country crossover single "Stuck Like Glue," after a very special introduction by supermodel Marisa Miller and Jennifer Nettles' brother, a member of the Air Force.
Kathy Griffin cemented her status as grand Diva of comedy with her hilarious "News from the Homefront" sketch, bringing big laughs from the thousands of troops and civilians in attendance.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi & Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino introduced Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, who performed "Paris Ooh La La." In a stunning rock/pop collaboration, the band then performed with legendary Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart, singing "Crazy on You."
Hip Hop legend MC Lyte, alongside an Army officer, introduced Nicki Minaj, who performed "Moment for Life." She and Katy Perry followed up with a duet of former VH1 Diva Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Kathy and Katy then welcomed Comedy Central celebrity roast master and professional funnyman Jeffrey Ross, who entertained the audience with his unique brand of sharp-tongued humor.
Bringing the show back to the Middle East, Paramore sang "My Hero" from the base in Kuwait. Back at Miramar Air Force base, Brandy and a Navy soldier then introduced Keri Hilson, who performed "Pretty Girl Rock."
In the final two powerful performances of the night, Sugarland performed Aretha Franklin's "Think," with Keri Hilson, and Katy Perry ignited the audience with a performance of her red-hot single "Firework."
Adding a very special message to the evening was First-Lady Michelle Obama, who spoke about the inspirational work of the USO and all the men and women of the armed services.
Kathy Griffin, Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Jennifer Nettles, Nicki Minaj, Grace Potter and Ann and Nancy Wilson all concluded the night with goodbyes and a sincere message of thanks to all the service men and women serving around the world. Throughout the evening, many service men and women also had the chance to share with viewers their experience serving and send messages to loved ones back home.