Sugarland Play ‘Divas’ for Patriotic TV Special
'VH1 Divas' will have a country presence this year, as well as a patriotic twist for the televised event.
Country's hottest duo, Sugarland, will join an eclectic list of performers, including Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj and Paramore for the 13th annual show. This year, instead of the focus being solely on entertainment here at home, VH1 is partnering with the USO to provide a morale boost for troops. 'Divas' will feature live performances at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, with Paramore performing live via satellite from a station in the Middle East, where they will also spend time visiting service men and women at a military base.
It's an event in which Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is proud to take part. "All of these women definitely have a larger than life persona, be it on stage or who they are or what they wear," she tells USA Today of her fellow performers. "I think there's something to be said for celebrating that."
Being the only country act on the bill is both an honor and a challenge for the Grammy-winning duo, who are anxious to prove, in Jennifer's words, "that country music is hip and young and fun and accessible ... It's not necessarily about lifestyle. It's about having fun and being human."
Jennifer jokes that she's "hoping to wear the Cher outfit," referring to the 1989 'VH1 Diva' special when Cher performed in a memorable -- and skimpy -- V-shaped swimsuit with a fishnet body stocking. The duo are part of a handful of country acts who have taken part in the legendary shows over the past decade, including Shania Twain, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes and the Dixie Chicks.
The show will premiere December 5 on VH1, and will also be broadcast internationally by the Armed Forces Network.