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Posted at 8:40 AM ET, 12/ 6/2010

♪♫ Grace Potter salutes the troops

By Melissa Bell
Grace Potter

On Sunday night, the U.S. troops at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego were honored with "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops." It brought a mishmash of D-list celebrities and over-the-top music performances. Some of the more uncomfortable moments: Kathy Griffin being booed for insulting Bristol Palin's weight and "Jersey Shore's" Snooki and the Situation coming out on stage and doing, well, nothing really aside from trotting out the "We've got a situation," line. When your entire act is one silly play on words, you may want to rethink your career plans.

However, the musical acts more than made up for the stilted opening. In the crowded set, including Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, the breakout act went to Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Her bluesy rocker style evokes the best of '70s-style singers with the requisite amount of pop sweetness:

By Melissa Bell  | December 6, 2010; 8:40 AM ET
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