Armed with her girl-power single "Pretty Girl Rock,"
Decked out in a gold bustier, high-waisted pants and a fringe-laden jacket, Hilson brought her saucy, sexpot swagger to the stage. Flanked by four back-up dancers in stylized military jackets that showed a lot of leg, the ladies oozed sassy sexuality as the Atlanta songstress swiveled her hips and cooed, the mass of concertgoers cheering her on.
(Click here to see photos from "VH1 Divas Salute The Troops".) After giving the soldiers a fun show, Hilson gave a shout-out to the service members, thanking them for protecting Americans at home and abroad.
"You guys are so beautiful. I just want to say thank you so much because if it wasn't for each and every one of you, we could not be here and have the freedom to do what we do," she said.
Hilson reveled in that freedom by putting in work through the event. In addition to her solo set, Hilson got it started with her fellow Divas several times throughout the night. She joined Katy Perry and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles for a rousing, retro opening number, and teamed up with Nettles once again for a rendition of soul great Aretha Franklin's 1968 anthem "Think."
The songbird later broke down her "Divas" experience to reporters, and said participating in the event was "incredible." "I'm in great company with past Divas, and not only is it about me being here, it's also about what we're doing here, supporting the troops. I took pictures with guys yesterday ... and one of them just said, 'I just want to thank you for coming. Thank you for doing this. Not many people do this and take time out of their schedule to do something like this," she explained. "It's been not only enlightening, it's been very fulfilling. I'm very happy to be here."
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