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'VH1 Divas': Kathy Griffin rips on Bristol Palin for the troops [pictures]

December 6, 2010 | 12:19 pm

Nikki-minaj-vh1-divas"VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" aired Sunday night with performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Sugarland, HeartGrace Potter & the Nocturnals and more -- and the Ministry has access to exclusive pictures of the divas taken Friday night at the taping of the USO concert in a hangar at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar in San Diego. 


Click on Brandy, above, to see more pictures from The Times' Photo Booth.

Going global, Hayley Williams and Paramore taped their performance from an Army base in Kuwait, in keeping with the military theme of the show. Sugarland, meanwhile, joined in a tribute to diva Aretha Franklin, who recently had surgery for an unspecified illness.

The event was hosted by noted Levi Johnston supporter Kathy Griffin, who bashed on Bristol Palin's weight, calling her "the white Precious" -- a reference to Gabourey Sidibe's Oscar-nominated character -- and receiving a chorus of boos from the troops in the audience. This after Griffin had been issued some comedy guidelines for the evening.

"You can boo louder than that," Griffin said. "C'mon, boo me, I love it. I love it! War is hell! War is hell!"

Brandy, incidentally, was part of the diva lineup -- that'd be the same Brandy who just finished fourth to Bristol's third place on "Dancing With the Stars."


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Nicki Minaj, left, in the Los Angeles Times Photo Booth at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar on Friday. Brandy, right, reacts to fireworks being shot off at the end of the "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" concert. Credits: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times