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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Katy Perry announced as VH1 Diva

Katy Perry will be singing to US troops
Katy Perry will be singing to US troops

Katy Perry has been announced as one of this year's VH1 Divas who will perform for US troops.

The California Gurls singer will perform for thousands of men and women in uniform at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego along with Sugarland, Keri Hilson and Nicki Minaj.

Meanwhile Paramore will visit marines, soldiers, airmen, sailors, coastguardsmen and reservists at a military base in the Middle East.

Keri called it an incredible opportunity, saying: "I get to be among so many other influential women, groundbreaking women, strong, powerful, confident women, not only on that day, but just to be a part of the legacy of VH1 Divas."

Keri added she embraced the positive characteristics of being a diva: "Strong woman, yes I am. Leader, yes I am. Innovative, creative, all those things, yes, I am that."

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland had a similar definition for the modern day diva.

"All of these women definitely have a larger than life persona, be it on stage or who they are or what they wear," she said. "I think there's something to be said for celebrating that."

Sugarland is the only country act on the bill, and Jennifer said she was excited to show people "that country music is hip and young and fun and accessible". She added: "It's not necessarily about lifestyle, it's about having fun and being human."

To make her Divas performance memorable, Jennifer joked that she was "hoping to get to wear the Cher outfit," from the infamous 1989 music video aboard a battleship for If I Could Turn Back Time.

VH1 Divas Salute The Troops premieres on VH1 in the US on December 5 and will be broadcast internationally by the Armed Forces Network.

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