Katy Perry led the lineup of VH1 Divas Salute The Troops, which aired last night and also included Nicki Minaj, Sugarland, Keri Hilson and Paramore on the roster. The evening saw Perry rotate through various patriotic outfits—from a sleeveless star-spangled top to Andrews Sisters-type attire for her cover of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” with Hilson and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. By far, one of the highlights was Katy and Nicki teaming up for a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”—mostly because we get to hear Minaj’s little-used singing voice! Watch below.
The Divas Salute The Troops special was hosted by Kathy Griffin and aired from the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, though Paramore’s performance was broadcast live from Kuwait.
Katy Perry parachutes onto the stage and shows the troops what “California Gurls” are made of.
Perry teases the men in uniform before launching into “Teenage Dream.”
Before singing “Hot N Cold”, Katy says its hard to differentiate between the men and the boys in uniform.
Perry, Keri Hilson and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles go retro for “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
Katy and Nicki Minaj team up for a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”—and we get to hear Nicki’s singing voice!
Minaj does her current single “Right Thru Me.”
Paramore do their smash “Decode.”
Paramore perform Brand New Eyes single “The Only Exception.”
Perry closes out the night with “Firework” while wearing a red dress.