Katy Perry’s Halftime Super Bowl XLIX Show Reviewed


Katy Perry’s Halftime Super Bowl XLIX Show Reviewed

Katy Perry Super Bowl

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or you just don’t like American Football or pop music in general…) last night Katy Perry headlined the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show!

Now over the years the (roughly) twelve minute spectacle has been dominated by pop/contemporary musicians such as The Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars so the pressure was definitely on for Katy to live up to or exceed expectations.

The performance kicked off with Katy performing ‘Roar‘ on top of a giant golden lion which gradually walked to the centre of the stadium. At this stage it is clear that Katy is performing over pre-recorded live vocals and to be honest thats probably the wisest decision she could of made last night!

Katy soon makes her way to centre stage to perform her most recent number one ‘Dark Horse‘ which saw her perform with silver dancers and impressive computer stage graphics. Next up special guest Lenny Kravitz appeared to perform a rock remix of Katy’s debut hit ‘I Kissed a Girl‘.

Things then took a lighter tone when the stage setting transformed into a tropical beach theme where Katy performed hits from her ‘Teenage Dream‘ album. I must say that during this segment things did turn a little too cartoonish but nevertheless the crowd singing lyrics from ‘California Gurls‘ back to Katy was definitely a touching moment.

Other highlights from the that segment including the dancing sharks…

By this stage we were left wondering where things could go from here and next thing we know we here the instrumental intro to ‘Get Ur Freak On‘. Before we even had time to process what could be happening Missy Elliott appears on stage!

All of a sudden it turns into the Missy show and we are treated to classics such as ‘Work It‘ and ‘Lose Control‘. It was great to see how Missy hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to performing and showcasing her stage presence. Now Missy do the right thing and release new music a.s.a.p. while the momentum is on your side!

After dancing the only way Katy Perry can alongside Missy Elliott she then reappears by herself closing the performance with her signature hit ‘Firework‘. This performance sees her lifted into the air and flew around the stadium with fireworks (obviously) setting off above into the sky.

And there you have it!

I must say I was very impressed with what Katy brought to the show. Having to follow female artists such as Madonna and Beyoncé was no easy challenge but I truly feel that Katy stuck to her own strengths. Yes most of the live vocals were pre-recorded but that didn’t take away from the visual elements that were on show.

Katy gave the audience exactly what they wanted which was pop music and a recognisable setlist. The welcome additions of Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott helped elevate the performance across multiple music genres (Rock, Hip-Hop and Dance) and Katy gelled with them relatively easily.

Katy Perry should be proud of what she achieved last night and the performance firmly encourages the empowerment she wanted to bring across to Football fans, pop music and more.


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Article By:  Grant Savage


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