*Keri Hilson and Nicki Minaj will join Katy Perry, Sugarland and Paramore as this year’s “VH1 Divas,” but they’ll taking some of the focus off themselves, singing for the military through a partnership with the USO.

Perry, Sugarland, Hilson and Minaj will perform for thousands of men and women in uniform at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, while Paramore will visit Marines, soldiers, airmen, sailors, coastguardsmen and reservists at a military base in the Middle East, reports the Associated Press. Hilson called it an incredible opportunity.

“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,'” she said.

Hilson said she embraces 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,” said Hilson.

Hilson and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland love the idea of supporting the troops through the show. Hilson’s dad served in the Army before she was born, and Nettles has a brother in the Air Force.

Sugarland is the only country act on the bill, and Nettles is excited to show people “that country music is hip and young and fun and accessible.”

She says, “It’s not necessarily about lifestyle, it’s about having fun and being human.”

“VH1 Divas Salute The Troops” premieres Dec. 5 on VH1. It will be broadcast internationally by the Armed Forces Network.