“She’s like five notches above me, and those levels are compounded in difficulty.”
The quote above was pulled from Billboard’s recent sit down with pop sex kitten Katy Perry as she readies her highly anticipated Super Bowl showing (February 1st) by studying the 2013 outing of Beyonce.
Following in the top-rated, show-stopping footsteps of Madonna, Bey, and Bruno Mars, the ‘Dark Horse’ diva knows that pressure is riding high for her to match or surpass their epic performances. To at least put her best foot forward, Katy shared that she’s consulted (in one way or the other) her most recent halftime show predecessors and is using a number of tricks to prepare for this Sunday.
Check out some of them below:
“1. Texting Bruno Mars for Insider Tips
For your pleasure, Katy Perry’s full text to previous Super Bowl performer Bruno Mars, which she shared with Billboard:
“Hello, exclusive Super Bowl club member! I was wondering if you are in L.A. at all this month and would have tea with a sister who is about to throw up with nervousness re: [football emoji]. I’ve heard about your process through our managers, but am wondering if you had more insight on important things like, spray tan the night before or three nights before? JK, or maybe not!”
2. Studying Super Bowl Masters Beyonce & Madonna
The pop star is reviewing past halftime show performances from Madonna andBeyonce. Perry says she appreciates that they kept the songs “about the catalog” versus new material, and she lauded Madonna’s “‘graphic effects.” As for Beyonce, Perry gushes, “She brought so much strength, so much sassiness and just the right amount of sex.” But let’s be clear: Katy knows she won’t reach Beyonce levels during the Bowl. “She’s like five notches above me, and those levels are compounded in difficulty.
5. Choosing the Right Guests
As with most of the country, Perry is aware of past Super Bowl controversies involving Janet Jackson and M.I.A.‘s middle finger. “You can’t control other people, and hopefully they’re on the same path with you,” Perry says of her guest list, which includes Lenny Kravitz and an unnamed “throwback” female. “My special guests don’t have any agenda other than the music.”
Read the full list here.